Community Shares Boost Programme

Power to Change has invested £3 million into the current round of Community Shares Booster Programme which runs until 2022. It is a
rolling programme of support, with applications accepted until December 2020.

The programme can provide:

  • Development grants of up to £10,000 to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice
  • Match funding up to £100,000 in equity investment made on equal terms with other community shareholders, into societies that demonstrate higher than average levels of community engagement, innovation and impact
  • Ongoing support and advice as an active investor in community businesses

They are particularly looking for heritage projects that are working with a listed building/a building in a conservation area AND are focussed on high street revival and economic resilience. 

To find out more, please click here.

ScottishPower Foundation

Deadline 24th September 1pm 2020

The foundation offers grants to registered charities in the UK for projects that support education, environmental protection, arts, culture, heritage, science, poverty and disability relief, citizenship and community development.

Grants of between £35,000 and £200,000 are available.

Application must address at least one of the ScottishPower Foundation’s strategic aims:

  • Education, training and research – to support education, training and research in general, prioritising innovation in order to contribute to energy sustainability.
  • Biodiversity and climate change – to support the protection of the environment and to enhance biodiversity; to actively contribute in the fight against climate change.
  • Art and culture – to protect and safeguard artistic and cultural heritage by promoting conservation and restoration of the arts and supporting local development.
  • Social initiatives – to contribute to sustainable human development by supporting the most vulnerable people and groups.

Click here for the ScottishPower Foundation website.

Kick Start Programme

Update from Department for Works and Pensions:

If you are interested in this scheme, the promotional leaflet attached gives you more details about how the scheme will run and the link to GOV.Uk offers further information about the process.

Employers can use the Kickstart Scheme to create new six-month job placements for young people (16-24) who are currently on Universal Credit or Jobseeker’s Allowance, and at risk of long-term unemployment.

Funding is available for 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.

If a business is recruiting more than 30 people as part of the Kickstart Scheme they can submit a bid directly online through the main Kickstart page.

If a business is looking to recruit fewer than 30 people they can still apply for funding but must partner with other employers or organisations in order to create a minimum of 30 jobs before applying.

£1500 per person will be available to cover additional costs and organisations acting as intermediaries for employers will be paid £300 for each placement

If you are interested in the scheme or would like to find out more about the scheme, please just drop me a note at this e-mail address.

Kind regards,

Nick Gregory
 Employer and Partnership Manager | Department for Works and Pensions

ERA are thinking of applying to the government’s Kickstart scheme and are looking for partner organisations across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. Here is more information:

VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2020-21: Starting Well

Deadline 12 noon 30th October 2020

Funding is available for VCSE organisations in England to run projects that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas or from BAME backgrounds from preconception to up to 2-and-a-half years of age.

Projects must:

  • have run for at least 3 years
  • develop or expand services for children from preconception to 2-and-a-half years old, so they receive the best possible start in life
  • be focused on improving health outcomes in black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities or areas of high deprivation (including urban, rural and coastal areas)

Eligible projects should aim to support the following health outcomes:

  • Improvement in perinatal mental health.
  • Reduction in the percentage of babies born with low birthweight.
  • An increase in babies being breastfed.
  • Obesity prevention and support.
  • Reduced smoking or smoke-free homes.
  • Improvement in learning and speech and language development.
  • High immunisation rates and reduction in rates of preventable disease.

Click here for the funding information.

Morrisons Foundation

The funding is aimed for local charities that have a new project which will benefit their local community, but who have not been able to secure funding previously.

The funding is for specific projects which make a difference to people’s lives, with special consideration for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

Funding is up to £25,000.

The projects should benefit the local community and can cover a wide range of areas including:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Arts and culture
  • Community
  • Other

Click here for the Morrisons Foundation website.

Comic Relief – Change Makers

Deadline 25th September 2020

Change Makers funds not-for-profit organisations in the UK with proposals to make lasting change related to the social change themes of homelessness, forced migration, gender justice, mental health, and early childhood development.

You can apply for funding between £150,000 and £600,000 for three to five years.

The current themes are:

  • Children Survive and Thrive
  • Gender Justice
  • Safe Place to Be – Homelessness
  • Safe Place to Be – Migration
  • Global Mental Health

Click here for the Comic Relief website.

Culture Recovery Fund – Repayable Finance Programme

Currently closed

Art Council are offering loans for charitable, not-for-profit and commercial organisations operating within England’s arts, museums and heritage sectors (including independent cinemas) that were financially stable before the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis but are now at imminent risk of failure.

There is a total budget of £270 million to be awarded through loan finance. Applicants may apply for a minimum of £3 million. There is no upper limit.

The majority of applicants are expected to be awarded loans which include a payment term of up to 20 years, an initial repayment holiday of up to four years and a 2% interest rate per annum.

The central aims of the scheme are to:

  • Enable cultural organisations to reopen/restart their operations, where appropriate.
  • Operate on a sustainable, cost-efficient basis so they are able to reopen at a later date if, for example, reopening under social distancing is not permissible or does not represent a value for money approach.

Click here for the funders website.

COVID-19 Digital Response Fund

A second application round will open on 26 October 2020

Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

This is an emergency funding of up to £60k available to nonprofits in England that are committed to proactively sharing learnings with other organisations in their networks.

To be eligible organisations must be doing work in one of the following areas:

  • Connecting with older people.
  • Connecting with disabled people.
  • Providing advice and support to people who are pushed into crisis.
  • Supporting those who are in medical care or end of life care.
  • Providing essential items directly to families who are hit hardest.
  • Supporting people who experience health inequalities.
  • Supporting people who experience loneliness and social isolation.
  • Supporting people who experience poor mental health.
  • Supporting children and young people to achieve their potential.

To find out more please visit the funders website here.

The Phoenix Fund

Currently Closed

Global Fund for Children (GFC) and The National Lottery Community Fund have partnered to support the delivery of the Phoenix Fund – this fund aims to provide £1 million in emergency grants to Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME*) communities across England for core costs.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Offer core funding to BAME grassroots groups across England working with BAME communities.
  • Raise awareness of the unique challenges facing BAME communities across England.
  • Establish an effective, innovative partnership to improve and promote community-based organisations within English philanthropy.

There will be four rounds:

  • Round 1:
    • Application deadline: 21 August 2020
  • Round 2:
    • Application deadline: 2 September 2020
  • Round 3:
    • Application deadline: 16 September 2020
  • Round 4:
    • Application deadline: 30 September 2020

Click here to find out more.

Fat Beehive Foundation

Rolling fund

Fat Beehive Foundation are offering funding to small UK registered charities for building websites or digital products that enable them to carry out their work in a more efficient and effective way, resulting in positive social benefit.

You can apply for grants of up to £2,500.

Priority projects for support include those in the following areas:

  • Environmental protection or climate change mitigation
  • Human rights
  • International development
  • Equality and diversity
  • Social justice, refugees and housing
  • Education
  • Art and culture
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Prisoner rehabilitation

Click here to find out more.