Temporary Changes to East Coast Fund

Deadline 29th July 2020

Ørsted has announced temporary changes to the funding criteria in response to the current global Covid-19 emergency. Applications are encouraged to support communities through to recovery. This is likely to include local groups and organisations who:

  • Are looking to provide essential support and services to directly facilitate in the recovery efforts from Covid-19.
  • Have lost significant core income over the past few months and request funding to recover quicker financially.

Temporary changes to the funding criteria:

  • No match funding will be required for all applications at this time.
  • Re-application restrictions have been lifted. Any groups that have previously received a grant, have a live project or have been unsuccessful in the last round may re-apply.

The changes relate to all applications to the 29 July 2020 and 3 February 2021 closing dates only. All other criteria will remain unchanged.

There are two levels of grants available, and groups can apply for both revenue and capital costs in the same application. For projects involving revenue costs, groups can apply for funding for up to two years. The levels of grants are as follows:

  • Small grants between £1,000 and £5,000
  • Main grants between £5,001 and £50,000

Home Office – Serious Organised Crime Prevention and Community Resilience Intervention

Deadline 3rd July 2020

Following the Governments launch of the Serious and Organised Crime (SOC) Strategy in November 2018 – the Home Office identified Grimsby, alongside 7 other areas across the country, to invest in partnership working.  The work should enhance pre-existing work in this area to divert children, young people and vulnerable adults away from SOC. 

The project is broken down into two key areas:

  • Prevention and Early Intervention – stopping people entering into organised criminality.
  • Community Resilience – Building the highest levels of defence and resilience in vulnerable people, communities, businesses and systems.

Including delivering real messages and education about the dangers of SOC in a manner that is clear and impactive.

Tackling Inequalities Fund – Active Humber


Are you a voluntary, community, charitable or social enterprise organisation providing a service in North East Lincolnshire?

Do you work with or provide a service to one or more of the following groups?

  • People with a disability
  • People with Long Term Health Conditions
  • BAME communities
  • People living in areas of high deprivation

Have your service users / members physical health been adversely affected by COVID-19?

Would you like support to remain connected to your service users/members and support them to keep active in the COVID-19 lockdown and early recovery stages?

If you answered yes to these questions then funding is available to support you to develop project ideas of up to £10,000.

Active Humber have been awarded funding to help reduce the negative impact of COVID-19 and tackling the widening inequalities in sport and physical activity. Some examples of projects we have funded so far include:

  • A disability charity that supports individuals aged 16+ with Autism to access online exercise sessions aimed at the group’s specific needs and fitness levels
  • A Home from Hospital service to support their service users who don’t have access to the internet or the technology to access the internet, to purchase equipment which will allow volunteers to support them to access online physical activity sessions.
  •  A visually impaired group have been supported to provide physical activity opportunities (that used to take place in open spaces) to move sessions to an enclosed facility, which will provide them with a safer environment for their members to undertake exercise.
  • A women’s aid charity to support alternative opportunities for women to be physically active during these times, as they can no longer attend the swimming sessions and yoga classes that were previously provided.

There is no application process. Anyone interested should contact Active Humber by emailing nmassingham@activehumber.co.uk or ringing Nicola on 07860 954 342 for a chat about a project proposal.

Small Business Grant

Grants of up to £25,000 for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors with rateable values between £15,000 and £51,000. Grants of £10,000 for all businesses in receipt of Small Business rate relief or Rural Rate relief. These grants will not need to be paid back

Check your eligibility: Eligibility and Guidance for Grants – updated 290420

Read the frequently asked questions document.

Complete the Business support grant information form.

Police and Crime Commissioner COVID-19 Extraordinary Funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence

Deadline 1st June 2020

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced some funding for Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Covid-19 related work this week (19th May 2020).

To be eligible for the funding, organisations must be a registered charity, a charitable incorporated organisation, or a social enterprise, including companies limited by guarantee and community interest companies. They must provide support services which have the purpose of helping victims of crime cope with the impacts of crime, and, as far as possible, recover from the harm they have experienced.

The funding is available to cover the period from 24 March to 31 October 2020. 

Click here for the website.

Yorkshire Netball Grant Application Promotion

Are you a member of England Netball?

Have you been inspired by the Netball World Cup. The Regional Management Board has and Yorkshire Netball have been finalising a Grants Application for its members to bid for funding to support netball within Yorkshire Netball Region

You can apply for help with funding towards Equipment, CPD , formal netball qualifications safeguarding or first aid, or other projects.

To visit the yorkshire Netball website, click here.

Power to Change: Community Business Fund

Currently Closed

Click here for the Community Business Fund Round 8 guidelines for applicants

Power to Change have advised the following key changes to be aware of for Round 8:

  1. We have £3million available to spend for Round 8 and are expecting to progress around 27 applications, of which about 17 will receive funding.
  2. Through Round 8 we expect to invest approximately £1million to applications from the areas listed on pg. 11 of the application guidance. This means that for Round 8 we are expecting to fund 5 applications from these areas that are of particular interest to us. For organisations not based in these areas, we are expecting to award approximately £2million in total to about 12 organisations in Round 8.
  3. Luton is no longer in the list of areas we are particularly interested in included on pg. 11 of the application guidance.
  4. If an application of strategic importance to Power to Change (e.g. located in one of the places listed on pg. 11 of the application guidance) shows potential but has specific issues to be addressed before it could progress to assessment, we may offer development support. If this support is successfully completed, the application could progress to assessment without the need to submit a new application. However, this does not guarantee the application would then be successful. (see pg. 16 of the guidance)
  5. We have clarified that if an applicant currently has no trading history, we will require robust evidence to demonstrate that trading income forecasts are realistic and based on viable market research.
  6. We’ve specifically changed our wording to refer to the funding we offer through this programme as ‘investments’ rather than ‘grants’. This is because, although all the offers made will be non-repayable, we consider the funding we put into community businesses as an investment into the people, places and ideas applicants share with us.

If you would like to find out more, sign up to the webinar here which is taking place at 2pm on Thursday 12 September:

The fund will open on 11 September 2019 and community businesses will have until midday on 9 October 2019 to apply.

Centre4 is 1 of only 6 catalyst organisations working with Power to Change through the Empowering Places project. Centre4 has kindly offered to provide insight about their experiences and some support if required.  It may strengthen your organisations application if you are engaging with the local Empowering Places team.  If your organisation is thinking of applying for the Community Business Fund then you are welcome to get in touch with Paul Gutherson, Programme Coordinator, contact details paul.gutherson@centre4.org.uk t: 01472236688 m: 07543254581

Website link – https://www.powertochange.org.uk/news/grants-300000-grabs-community-businesses/

If you would like support with your application the please do get in touch. 

Love Where You Live Fund

The Love Where You Live Fund is intended to encourage people to promote the concept of being good neighbours. 

It is to build capacity within local communities and help to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

A small pot of funding is available to help local communities to identify areas of need, provide support, training, arrange activities and events.

The application process has been made really easy and simple. 

  1. Contact Jane Mansfield, Board member at NEL VCSE Alliance for a discussion about what you’d like to use the fund for.
  • You’ll get sent a small application form, that Jane will even come out and complete with you if you’d like her to.
  • The application goes to a panel of local community volunteers monthly and decisions are pretty quick.

NEL VCSE Alliance will support you as much as they can throughout the whole process.

Interested?  Here are the contact details:

Email: jane.mansfield45@gmail.com

The Wharfedale Foundation

Update from Wharfedale Foundation response to COVID-19:

We understand that during the pandemic our grantees may need to pause activities or re-purpose their grants. Please contact us to make us aware of this.  

We continue to accept applications under our usual criteria but due to the effect on income we have reduced our maximum grant to £2,500 for the foreseeable future.

The Wharfedale Foundation is a small charitable trust with roots in the Christian tradition, recognises a common practical vision of a better world with those of other faith traditions and those with none. The Trust supports initiatives that bring people together to gain understanding of other faiths and cultures and to work in partnership to improve the neighbourhoods in which they live.

Main Funding Programme – a two stage process for organisations with an income of up to £250,000. Although we may award up to £5,000 this is exceptional, the typical grant is normally around £2,000-£3,000.

Small Grants Programme – a one stage process  for smaller organisations with an income of less than £50,000  seeking grants of up to £500.

The Wharfedale Foundation fund projects:

  • that focus on neighbourhoods and communities of interest,
  • wher​e people are developing lasting relationships at a grassroots level,
  • with the potential for positive, longer term change,
  • that are willing to try out new ways of working that others can learn from,
  • promoting the inclusion of people experiencing the most social and economic hardship,
  • that enable people to be agents of change in their own lives and communities,

Projects applying for funding need to:

  • be located within the Yorkshire and Humber region,
  • be able to demonstrate longer term financial and project planning, involving multiple streams of funding,
  • demonstrate innovative or creative ways of addressing areas of concern,
  • demonstrate how change and transformation can be achieved in one or more of the following ways:
    • creating greater inclusivity by breaking down barriers of fear based on for example religious, cultural, ethnic or social difference or financial hardship,
    • integrating marginalised groups into mainstream society and promoting a welcoming culture,
    • aiding the integration of marginalised groups through environmental projects,
    • developing greater understanding of these issues through carrying out research.

For more information go to The Wharfedale Foundation’s website here.