Rosa – Rise Fund

Deadline 10th January 2022

This funding is intended for specialist organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women and girls in the UK so that they are in a stronger position to survive, thrive and grow into the future.

Grants of up to £40,000 are available for two year funding beginning in July 2022 and ending by July 2024.

Applicants need to be working across Rosa’s four pillars of work:

  • Economic justice
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Leadership and representation
  • Safety.

Click here for the Rosa website.

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.

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.

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.

Power to Change: Community Business Crowdmatch

Up to £10,000 of extra funding to back community businesses such as community owned shops, hubs, pubs, sports facilities, local landmarks and more.

Community Business Crowdmatch is looking to support new or existing community businesses that are providing services or activities that will benefit their local community.

Whether it’s launching new ideas to help your neighbourhood, help meet increased demand, save a community space or help bridge a funding gap, Community Business Crowdmatch will match fund what you raise from the crowd.

Power to Change will match fund up to 50% of your target, to a maximum of £10,000, as long as you can raise the rest through crowdfunding.

To apply for this fund take the first step and start crowdfunding. If you’ve already started, continue setting up your project.

For further information please visit the Crowdfunder website here.

National Lottery Community Fund – Platinum Jubilee Fund

Deadline 15th December 2021

Grants are available for local not-for-profit organisations across the UK to deliver community projects which support new opportunities and build better relationships across generations and with the natural world, in commemoration of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Funding is intended to support projects which go beyond simply celebrating, and create lasting change for communities in line with the NLCF’s three priority areas:

  • Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations.
  • Community Renewal – Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces.
  • Shared Natural World – Deepening care and action locally for the natural world.

There is a total funding pot of £3.5 million. Grants of £30,000 to £50,000 are available. It is expected that 70 projects will be funded.

Click here for the NLCF website.