Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 1-30 June 2021

From The organisation – Friends, Families and Travellers:

During Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month, we celebrate the unique and diverse histories, cultures and languages of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the UK and also the remarkable and immense contributions Gypsy, Roma and Traveller individuals and communities bring to wider society.



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Co-op Community Dividend Fund

Deadline 31st July 2021

The Central England Co-operative serves local communities across England by putting 1% of its trading profit back into the community, making cash awards to help local causes and make a positive difference.

The funding is intended to support four broad categories of projects:

  • Fund-raising efforts of a school, college, community organisation or group, residential or day-care facility or hospital project.
  • Contributions towards a voluntary, self-help or ‘not-for profit’ organisation other than those listed above.
  • Donations to a local charity or cause, or the local branch of a national charity, that will benefit the local community, for example the provision of equipment, enhancement of the physical environment, training or education programme.
  • Contributions to environmental and social projects that will enhance the local community or raise awareness of environmental issues amongst local residents.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are available. The average grant is £2,000.

Click here for the co-operative website.

Enterprise Development Programme – Black and Minoritised Communities

Deadline for stage 1: 6th July 2021

The Enterprise Development Programme aims to provide business and financial support to charities and social enterprises in England that are thinking of exploring new enterprise models and require financial or business support to make the transition, with the ultimate aim of taking on social investment in the future. The programme is open to organisations working across a range of sectors, which will vary as the programme runs its course.

Currently applications are invited from organisations working in the following sectors:

  • Youth.
  • Mental health.
  • Equality.
  • Black and minoritised communities (covered in this entry).

Individual packages of financial and business support are available for successful applicants. These are likely to include some or all of the following:

  • Grants of up to £30,000 to research or test out new ideas, to launch new enterprises or grow existing ones (grants are likely to be subject to agreed milestones or evidence of growing income sources).
  • Extensive peer-learning and networking opportunities.
  • Training and learning opportunities tailored to needs.
  • Extensive peer-learning and networking opportunities.
  • Access to a team of pro bono legal experts to provide support with the legal considerations of trading.
  • Invitations to conferences on enterprise development and social investment within the wider charitable sector.

Click here for further information.

Domestic Support Fund

A new fund supporting the events industry recovery will provide financial support to not-for-profit organisations hosting domestic business events from 21 June to 17 December 2021.

The new Domestic Support Fund is designed to offer financial support to kick start the return of business events and to showcase that the UK is ready to meet again and has adapted to new ways of meeting in a COVID-19 secure environment.

Support available

Financial support is based on number of delegates attending a live event, or the live component of a hybrid event. The event organisation can apply for £30 per delegate (cash incl. VAT) attending an event. Approved applications will receive financial support, after the event has taken place, and submission of evidence to support total number of attendees.

Offered as a ‘Small Amount of Financial Assistance’ grant scheme, this support is available for events from 100 to 500 people, to a maximum value of £15,000 support. In applying for this fund applications must be clear on why support is needed.

All activities need to take place within the dates 21 June to 17 December 2021 and evidence provided by 1 March 2022.

Click here for further information.

Virgin Media O2 Together Fund

General Grants of £1,000 are available for environmental and community belonging projects, inspiring people across the UK to get together and create positive change for the causes they care most about. The fund itself will be distributed via Neighbourly.

The Together Fund forms part of Virgin Media O2’s support for the Together coalition which aims to bring people together to help build a kinder, closer and more connected society.

Funding will be made available in time for #ThankYouDay on Sunday 4th July

must be a registered charity in the UK and the closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 14th June.

Veterans’ Places, Pathways and People Programme – Veterans’ Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund

Deadline 23rd July 2021

A limited number of grants are available to registered charities for portfolios of projects which will work regionally to develop better, more joined-up, lasting support for local veterans with mental health needs in the UK.

A total of eight two-year grants of between £600,000 and £800,000 are available:

  • One portfolio grant will be awarded each in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Seven grants will be awarded across England regions.

It is expected that a Portfolio Lead organisation would have:

  • Detailed knowledge of the needs of veterans in the country or region that their portfolio application is based on
  • Evidence of existing work with statutory and voluntary partners on veteran pathway development
  • Evidence of significant experience in delivering support to veterans with complex mental health needs.

Click here for the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website.

Art Fund – Reimagine

Deadline 5th July 2021

Grants are available to a range of UK arts organisations for projects to transform their activities and build expertise, capacity and connections within and beyond the arts sector.

The aims of the Reimagine programme are:

  • To support arts organisations as they reimagine their activities following the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To help organisations build expertise, capacity and connections within and outside the arts sector

The following levels of funding are available:

  • Small grants of £5,000 to £15,000
  • Large grants of £15,000 to £50,000

Click here to find out more on the Art Fund website.

Poundland Foundation

Rolling fund

The Poundland Foundation are a grant-making charity, supporting both national charity partners and smaller organisations across the UK. They have pledged to distribute over £3m in donations over the next two years.

The funding is for local charities and organisations across the UK working to make a difference in their communities.

The Foundation plan to make £825,000 of grants to community projects over the next 12 months.

In the first round of funding, grants of up to £750 will be available to charities as part of the ‘Kits-for-Kids’ scheme. There are 250 grants available.

Click here for more information.

Asda Foundation – Bringing Communities Back Together

Deadline 16th August 2021

Asda Foundation have grants that are available to local groups to reunite communities, celebrate togetherness and support groups as coronavirus restrictions are easing.

Grants between £250 and £1,000 are available.

There are three funding streams available:

  • Celebration Event eg welcome back party, community celebration.
  • Getting Activities Back on Track eg gardening clubs, supporting groups and recreational activities, lunch clubs.
  • Combination (of the above) for those wanting to apply for both celebration event and getting activities back on track.

Click here for further information.

Thomas Wall Trust – Digital Skills 2021 Grants Programme

Deadline 25th June 2021

Grants are available for registered charities and not-for-profit organisations to support specific projects or core activities that support literacy, numeracy, digital and additional skills in order to increase employment prospects within the UK.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation or charity based in the UK.
  • Have been established for at least three years.
  • Have an annual turnover that does not exceed £500,000.

Click here to find out more.