Funding Opportunities

Armed Forces Covenant Fund: Local Grants Scheme Opens for 2017 (UK)

The Ministry of Defence has launched the Armed Forces Covenant Fund’s Local Grant scheme for 2017 with new guidelines.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is currently accepting applications for grants of up to £20,000 for projects in the UK that support the armed forces community and meet MoD priorities.

There are no application deadlines.

Big Issue Invest Launch £5 Million Impact Loans England Scheme

Big Issue Invest has launched a new £5 million loan scheme to enable registered charities and social enterprises to access finance and grow.

Impact Loans funding is provided by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners, BIG Lottery fund and Big Society Capital. The Impact Loans England programme is a continuation of what Big Issue Invest has been doing over the past few years in other schemes and is aimed at helping social enterprises grow, often by accessing finance for the very first time.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

Support Adoption for Pets Launches 2017/18 Programme to Support UK Rescue Centres

Support Adoption for Pets has re-launched its grants programme which supports UK domestic animal rehoming and rescue centres.

New guidelines for the ‘Support Adoption for Pets’ grants programme have been published by Support Adoption for Pets, a registered charity which runs its own small animal adoption centres.

The funder prioritises groups for which the funding will have a real, direct impact on the welfare of domestic pets.

Applications can now be submitted at any time.

Macmillan’s Supporting You to Help Others Grants – Deadline Looms

Organisations from across the UK have until 21 April 2017 to submit their funding application for the second of three rounds in 2017.

Macmillan Cancer Support has the overall aim of improving the lives of people affected by cancer, by providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support.

A maximum of £500 for projects that have been running for less than 12 months.

A maximum of £3,000 for projects that have been in existence for more than 12 months.

The next deadlines for applications are 4th August 2017.

Historic England is inviting applications from Local Authorities to be considered for Heritage Action Zone status

Working with local partners, including local authorities, Historic England’s Heritage Action Zone initiative will help to improve England’s historic environment to create economic growth and improve quality of life in villages, towns and cities.

Through joint-working, skill-sharing, and grant funding the initiative sets out to achieve the following:

*   Historic buildings that have deteriorated through neglect will be restored and put back into use.
*   Conservation areas improved to kick-start regeneration and renewal.
*   Unsung places will be recognised and celebrated for their unique character and heritage, helping instil a sense of local pride wherever there’s a Heritage Action Zone.

The deadline for Initial Proposals is 7 August 2017 (5pm).

Postcode Dream Trust – Dream Fund 2018 Launches for Great Britain

Dream Fund 2018 is now open to applications from charities in Great Britain.

Charities in England, Scotland and Wales are eligible to apply for funding to deliver the project they have always dreamed of, but never had the opportunity to bring to life. All applications must come from at least two charitable organisations that have joined forces to deliver an innovative project. The lead partner organisation must be a registered charity. The other partners can be registered charities, voluntary groups, community interest companies, universities or other not-for-profit organisations.

Applications must be innovative, creative and original, and present projects that are a genuine ‘dream’.

The deadline for stage one applications is 22 August 2017 (5.30pm).

New Engaging Libraries Fund Open to Applications

The Carnegie UK Trust and Wellcome Trust have launched the new Engaging Libraries fund for public libraries in the UK and Ireland.

The Engaging Libraries fund is a pilot programme designed to support public libraries to try out creative and imaginative public engagement projects on health and wellbeing.

Public libraries in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply.
The Trust are aiming to support around 8-10 libraries and activities must be completed between October 2017 and October 2018.

The deadline for applications is 23rd August 2017.

LIBOR Fund Opens for UK

The funding is for charitable projects that will support the UK’s Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities across the UK.

In 2012 HM Treasury announced fines collected from banks for rigging the London interbank offered rate would be used to support good causes. Successive Budgets and Autumn Statements have made tranches of funding available to specific charities and projects.

The 2017 LIBOR grant scheme is now open to applications from registered charities, CICs, and Armed Forces unit with a UIN.

The deadline for applications is 25 August 2017 (noon).

HLF Announce Second 2017 Deadline for Parks for People Grants

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that cannot make the 1 March deadline have until 1 September 2017 to apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to revitalise an historic public park or cemetery.

The 2017 deadlines for first-round applications is 31st August 2017 (12pm).

Veolia Environmental Trust Reopens for Applications

Funding for constituted not-for-profit organisations that are within five miles of an operating Veolia site in England or Wales.

The Veolia Environmental Trust offers grants of up to £75,000 for projects located within the proximity of a qualifying Veolia site in England or Wales. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.

The funding is available for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates.

Projects should fall under one of the following categories:

  • Community buildings and rooms, including community centres, village halls, community spaces within religious buildings, and Scout or Girlguiding buildings.
  • Outdoor spaces, including public parks, nature reserves, community gardens, footpaths, bridleways and cycle-paths.
  • Play and recreation, including play areas, skateparks, multi use games areas, sports grounds, pavilions and changing rooms.

Constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply as long as their project is located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site or a civic amenity site, or a transfer station or depot – as long as it is operated by Veolia.

The next deadline for stage one applications is 31 August 2017 (12 noon).

Law Society Charity (UK) Accepting Applications for 2017

The Law Society Charity offers grants to registered charities for work related to the law and the legal profession in the UK, including projects that promote human rights, access to justice, and legal education.

The charity will prioritise projects which promote the needs of excluded, under-represented or disadvantaged groups and minorities.

There are two remaining application deadlines in 2017:  1st September and 1st December 2017.

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme Re-Opens to Applications (UK)

BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger.

Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people’s lives. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.

Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.

The 2017 deadlines for applications are 1st September, and 1st December 2017.

Alcohol Research UK’s Small Grants Programme Now Open

Alcohol Research UK have announced the annual funding round for the Small Grants programme.

Alcohol Research UK’s Small Grants programme offers grants for exploratory projects that address emerging issues in alcohol research, employ novel theoretical or methodological approaches, or pilot new work in treatment or service delivery.

Grants of up to £8,000 are available for stand-alone projects that last for up to 12 months.

Applications are considered once a year.

This year’s deadline for applications is 13th September 2017 (midnight).

Coalfields Community Investment Programme (CCIP) – Funding Support

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust has reopened the enquiry survey for the Coalfields Community Investment Programme providing funding up to £10,000. We also offer practical help to organisations/groups operating in the former coalfield areas in England.

The Coalfields Community Investment Programme – Funding Support is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference

Please read all the information and the guidance notes carefully before deciding whether to complete the Eligibility Survey.

The Eligibility Survey closes on 15th September 2017.  The application deadline is 22nd September 2017.

National Churches Trust Announces Partnership Grant Programme for Parts of England

The National Churches Trust has announced a programme to help local churches trusts continue to flourish by providing funding for church repair and modernisation projects in specified areas of England.

Churches and chapels should apply through their local church trust. A list of participating trusts can be found on the National Churches Trust website.

The deadline for applications is 2nd October 2017.

Nuffield Foundation Research, Development and Analysis Programme

In line with the launch of their new five-year strategy, the Nuffield Foundation has announced a new £20 million Research, Development and Analysis grants programme to align their funding priorities with the strategy.

The programme seeks to build the capacity of the public policy system, including those responsible for policy delivery and practice, to understand and interpret research and analysis and to develop policy and practice in the areas of education, welfare and justice.

The deadline for applications is 2nd October 2017.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Opens for 2017 Applications (UK)

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is now accepting applications for 2017.

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust provides grants for projects that strengthen rural areas of the UK, particularly those that educate young people and relieve poverty. The Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community.

Although there are no set funding levels, grants tend to range from £1,000 to £30,000.

The deadline for applications is 27th October 2017.

Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme – Final Year

The Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme has entered its final year of funding and will be accepting applications until 31 January 2018.

The Department for Communities and Local Development’s £22.5 million Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme (2015-2018) aims to support local communities that are drawing up a neighbourhood plan for their area.

The funding can be used for a number of different things, including to develop a website, put together a project plan, undertake a local survey, develop evidence base, or hire a planning expert.

Applications will be accepted until the final deadline of 31st January 2018.