Funding Opportunities

* Big Lottery Funding Surgeries *

The team from the Big Lottery will be hot-desking at Mansfield CVS every 3rd Thursday of the month from 10am – 4pm.
Dates are:  19th July; 16th August; 20th September and 18th October
To book your 45 minute slot to discuss your ideas and find out more about the funding opportunities email
For more about the different funding streams available from the Big Lottery visit their website

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 – Impact Loans England Scheme

Big Issue Invest offers social enterprises and charities a range of repayable finance options, corporate mentoring and investment programmes designed for early stage social businesses.

Through the Impact Loans England Scheme, they are offering loan finance between £20,000 to £150,000 to social enterprises and charities in England. This £5 million lending scheme is aimed at enabling social enterprises and charities to access loan funding. The programme is funded by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

Expressions of interest can be submitted at any time.

Support Adoption for Pets funding to support UK Rescue Centres

Support Adoption for Pets is a registered charity that supports organisations whose main charitable activity is the rescue and rehoming of UK pets.  They work together with these organisations to reduce the number of homeless pets in the UK and to improve the lives of UK pets in rescue.

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.

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme

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.

Deadlines for next application rounds : 2nd September 2018, 2nd December 2018

Further details on the BBC Children in Need webpages 

Neighbourhood Planning Grants

The Government has allocated over £23m between 2018 – 2022 to support the development of neighbourhood plans or neighbourhood development orders.

All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in basic grant.  As well as applying for a basic grant, groups can also apply for technical support (provided they meet the eligibility criteria) to help with developing a neighbourhood plan or neighbourhood development order.

Nottinghamshire County Council Community Commemoration Fund

Towns and villages across the county can apply for funds to help them commemorate the Great War in their local area.

Who can apply:    Local groups such as historical societies, parish councils, schools, uniformed groups such as cadets, scouts and guides, youth clubs, church groups and art societies.    All applications must be supported by the group’s county councillor.

Grant value:   Up to £300

Deadline:    13 July 2018

This round of funding covers events and activities taking place between 1 August 2018 and 11 November 2018.

Further details: Community Commemoration Fund 

Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

The Big Lottery Fund is seeking ideas for projects that will improve communities across England. The funding can support project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs and can support work for up to five years.

To be eligible, groups need to show how their ideas meet the following three priorities: (1) Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities; (2) Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; (3) Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

Organisations that are interested in applying will need to have an initial discussion with the Big Lottery Fund about their proposed idea. If the idea is accepted, the Big Lottery Fund panel of staff will then invite a full proposal.

Grant value: More than £10,000

Deadline: NONE – This is a rolling programme with no deadlines

Further details: Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities

Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications for Projects Starting in 2019

Who can apply: 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, Energy Recovery Facility or Materials Recycling Facility.

Projects should fall into one of 3 categories: Community building; Outdoor spaces including nature reserves & community gardens; Play and Recreation.

Grant Value: Between £10,000 and £75,000 for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.

Deadline: The next phases for Stage 1 applications are:
– Between 1 June 2018 and 30 August 2018 for projects taking place between 7 January 2019 and 25 March 2019.
– Between 31 August 2018 and 10 January 2019 for projects taking place between 26 March 2019 and 18 June.

Further details:

Last updated: 19 June 2018