NESTA Cultural Impact Development Fund

The Fund provides small-scale repayable finance to socially driven arts and cultural organisations working with the people and communities in greatest need.

Objectives of the fund are to:

  • Enable enterprising, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes and financial resilience
  • Increase the capability of arts and cultural organisations to achieve, monitor, evaluate, and articulate their intended social impact.

Arts and culture organisations based in England are eligible to apply, including:

  • Arts and cultural venues
  • Museums, libraries and archives
  • Non-venue based organisations (e.g. touring organisations, production companies, festivals, etc.)
  • Sector support organisations (e.g. development agencies, workspace providers, cultural education organisations)

Click here for the NESTA website.

Voice4Change England COVID-19 Partnership Fund

Opens 25th November 2020

Funding is available for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and organisations, working to deliver coronavirus/COVID-19 related services in England.

The grants programme has three sections:

  1. Delivering COVID 19 services. Groups can apply for help with current costs, if their funding has been affected by the pandemic.
  2. Delivering mental health and well-being services, particularly to those who have been further impacted by COVID 19
  3. Delivering sports activities to tackle BAME inequalities and help with the impact of COVID 19 including well-being initiatives

The grants can be used to cover the following costs:

  • Running costs for organisations, including volunteer expenses, staff costs, and transport (providing the organisation is focusing their attention on providing support to both existing, and any potential new beneficiaries).
  • Small capital costs, providing the capital item will address the priorities of the Fund, and is linked to keeping older people or those in vulnerable circumstances connected to the outside world.

Click here for the Voice4Change website.

National Lottery Community Fund – The New Infrastructure Programme

Deadline 1st December 2020

The fund is for established infrastructure organisations, the Design Lab will support organisational redesign and renewal. For emerging infrastructure organisations, it’ll help strengthen efforts and build additional capacity.

The fund is open to those infrastructure organisation that offers at least one of the following:

  • supports voluntary and community sector organisations, networks, groups and/or communities  
  • develops the work and capacity of civil society organisations and groups  
  • convenes and advocates on behalf of the sector and the communities you serve  
  • connects local organisations to assets and wealth.   

The funding can cover:

  • staff costs
  • transport
  • utilities/running costs
  • volunteer expenses

Click here for the NLCF website.

The Charity Governance Awards

Deadline is 25th January 2020

The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK

The Charity Governance Awards are open to any charity registered in the UK; entries are free and can be submit online, and accepted between November and January each year.

The winner of each category will receive a £5,000 unrestricted grant as a prize. Runners-up will receive cash prizes for the first time (£1,000 each), and all shortlisted charities will be offered a paid one-year membership to the Association of Chairs for their board as well as a complimentary place on a Cause4 Trustee Leadership Programme for a new trustee.

Click here for more information.

Sector Challenge Programme

Deadline 27th November 2020

Grants of up to £10,000 for organisations working in early years; financial wellbeing; mental health and wellbeing; and sexual abuse and domestic violence.

This grant provides an opportunity to :

  • Advance your skills and knowledge
  • Learn from experts and take part in a design process where you explore various approaches to potential digital solutions
  • Share experiences and ideas with your peers
  • Be part of designing an approach or solution which has a meaningful impact on the sector you work in, and the communities you support

Click here for the website.

National Academy for Social Prescribing: Thriving Communities

Deadline 8th January 2021

Thriving Communities is a new national support programme for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups, supporting communities impacted by COVID19 in England, working alongside social prescribing link workers.

Thriving Communities Fund

Applications can be led by voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations working in any of the following sectors:

  • Arts, and culture, including libraries, museums and heritage
  • Sport, leisure and physical activity organisations
  • Financial wellbeing, advice, food and practical support
  • Environment and nature-based organisations
  • Non-statutory health and care organisations, working with social prescribing link workers

The application portal, on the Arts Council England website, will open for applications on Monday 23 November 2020. Applications must be submitted by 12pm (midday), Friday 8 January 2021.

For more information please visit the National Academy for Social Prescribing website here

Yorkshire and Humber Presentation from Lloyds Foundation

At a recent meeting of the Yorkshire Funders Forum, Paul Streets, Chief Executive of Lloyds Foundation, gave a presentation on Covid-19 from a funder’s perspective. The information is focused on voluntary and community organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber region, and looks ahead to potential issues and priorities for 2021.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Arts-based Learning Fund

No deadline

Arts-based Learning Fund aims to support work which enables pupils in formal education settings, particularly those experiencing systemic inequality or disadvantage, to thrive through engagement with high quality, arts-based learning.

The Foundation’s funding is focused on five priorities where it wishes to see change. These are detailed in the Foundation’s current UK Strategy.

The five priorities for the UK are:

  • Investing in young people
  • Migration and integration
  • Arts access and participation
  • Education and learning through the arts
  • Nurturing ideas and people

Grants range from £30,000 to £400,000 for up to two or three years. Most grants will be in the £150,000 to £250,000 over two to three years.

Click here for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation website.

British Muslim Covid-19 Fund

Due to a high number of applications, the application process has been temporarily disabled.

The funding is intended to support charities, voluntary groups and other organisations who are working to protect and assist vulnerable people during the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.

The Fund is split into two programmes:

  • Small grants of £250 to £1,000
  • Major grants of £1,000 to £5,000

British Muslim Covid-19 fund website here.