Funding opportunities round-up

This is the place where you can find links to topical funding content from our website, whether events, grants deadlines or news articles.

A key source of information will always be the monthly Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council’s Funding Advice team. Read a taster article about the latest issue and how to subscribe, or read about the online grant search service:

  • ‘Building Connections Fund’ to open in July 2018

    The Prime Minister announced this week that charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness. The funding will go towards supporting and expanding programmes that bring people together and are proving ...

  • Police Property Act Fund – open until 17 July

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The fund, which is jointly managed by the PCC and the Chief ...

  • People’s Health Trust Funding open in Reading until 11 July

    Active Communities is offering grants to local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live. They’re looking for small and local projects, designed and run by local people. Grants offered between £5,000 and £25,000 per ...

  • Reading, Place of Culture – funding available

    Reading Borough Council is inviting arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups to bid for funding based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Three pots of £15k are available for arts, culture and/or heritage community ...

  • Lloyds Bank Foundation’s Invest Programme – open until 18 May 2018

    The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales funds small and medium-sized charities whose work supports people experiencing multiple disadvantages, at key periods of change and transition in their lives, to move forward and achieve positive lasting outcomes. The Lloyds Bank ...

  • RVA Funding Fair – 1:1 appointments now available to book

    Reading-based voluntary and community groups can now book for the 1:1 sessions with: The Big Lottery  Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF)   The 1:1 sessions will give you a 20 minute slot with the funder to canvas your idea for funding to see if is ...

  • RVA Funding Fair – booking open

    Booking is now open for the RVA Funding Fair on  Tuesday 22 May This event will include short presentations from key funders such as the Big Lottery, who will be giving an update on their new partnerships funding. Funders will also be ...

  • ‘Building a Stronger Britain Together’ – round 3 funding now open

    The call for grant funding is open from Monday 15 January 2018 at 3pm until Friday 16 February 2018 at 5pm Berkshire Community Foundation and UK Community Foundations are partnering with advertising agency M&C Saatchi to deliver over £1 million in ...

  • The Weston Anniversary Fund – open until 30 June 2018

    For 60 years the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK. These small to medium organisations are often unsung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected. To celebrate the Foundation’s anniversary and ...

  • A Helping Hand for your Community Projects from Wilko

    Every Wilko store has a budget to give a little helping hand to local groups and community projects. They want to help local schools, playgroups and nurseries, parent or family groups, disabled groups, youth clubs, elderly groups, luncheon clubs, community ...

  • BCF Mental Health Funding now open!

    The funding is for local community groups working to address the effects of mental health issues across Berkshire. Initial expression of interest to be submitted by 30 October.

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications

    A new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund has been announced. The Fund, which is jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, Francis Habgood, is created from money recovered ...

  • BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund

    BBC Children in Need’s Curiosity Fund is accepting applications from across the UK. Curiosity is a brand new £2.5m partnership between BBC Children in Need and the Wellcome Trust which will use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to ...

  • Big Lottery Fund updates guidance for Awards for All

    The Big Lottery Fund has simplified the guidance notes for its small grants programme Awards for All, including fewer restrictions and new priorities. Awards for All offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory ...

  • Small grants for education and social & medical welfare

    Featured in the June 2017 issue of Funding Digest is a small grants programme for small and medium Registered Charities aimed at achieving improvements in the areas of education & social & medical welfare. The Newby Trust was formed with aim ...

  • Grants available from Berkshire Carers Service

    Berkshire Carers Service is inviting charities and community groups across Berkshire that support carers to apply for grant funding. Awards of up to £10,000 are available to fund projects and activities that will make a positive difference to the lives of ...

  • Sport England launches two new grant programmes to increase volunteering

    The March 2017 issue of Funding Digest features details of Sport England’s two new funding programmes to enable young people and adults from disadvantaged communities to take part in volunteering, using sport or physical activity. As part of its new Volunteering in ...

  • Troubled Families Innovations Fund: round two launched

    Reading Borough Council is pleased to announce the launch of round two of the Innovations Fund, and is inviting applications for funding. In the next round of innovations we would like to focus directly on the following areas of work (this ...

  • Big Lottery Fund simplifies Reaching Communities guidance

    The February 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features details of the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme, which has recently simplified its guidance. Voluntary or community groups can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £500,000 to cover ...

  • New funding opportunities for smaller organisations

    The January 2017 issue of Reading Borough Council’s Funding Digest features two grant programmes to help small organisations supporting adults and children with disabilities. Barchester Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for grants between £100 and £5,000 from small community groups and ...

  • Grants to fund new websites for charities

    The Transform Foundation has recently launched a new grant programme providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profit organisations to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The grant will include a range of cutting ...

  • Bags of Help now permanently open for applications

    The Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme is now permanently open for applications from community groups! Tesco customers will now have more of a say on where their money goes. Bags of Help will now see the money raised by the ...

  • Small Grants supporting local environmental projects from the sale of 5p shopping bags

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two small grants programmes helping support local environmental projects from the sale of 5p shopping bags. Greggs Foundation Small Environmental Grant The grants programme which is funded by the 5p levy on carrier ...

  • Reading 4 Community online funding tool

    RBC now offers the latest version of the online grant search programme from called Reading 4 Community©. Reading 4 Community lets you search through the most up to date information on thousands of funding programmes at any time to suit you ...

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Link to recent and past funding articles and upcoming events:
  • Social Impact Bond to improve outcomes for young people in Reading

    Reading Borough Council, along with its strategic partners, has submitted a bid to the Government’s Life Chances Fund to support a Social Impact Bond. The outcomes of the SIB are related to improving participation in education, employment and training outcomes for Reading’s most vulnerable young people aged 11 to 19 . RBC ...

  • Community Safety Fund – open until 30 May 2018

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in the Police and Crime Plan: Vulnerability Key aim: better understanding by police and partners of the extent and nature ...

  • Police and Crime Commissioner Community Safety Fund

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) is inviting applications to the Community Safety Fund Grant. A total of up to £400,000 is available to fund projects which can demonstrate a clear link to some of the key aims in his Police and Crime Plan. Vulnerability Key Aim: Better understanding by police and partners of the extent and ...

  • Funding opportunities – homelessness prevention and support

    Reading Borough Council has published four tender opportunities focusing on preventing homelessness and supporting people who are homeless. Floating support services for early intervention, homelessness prevention and tenancy sustainment Contract value per annum: £270,000. To deliver a service to households, across tenure type, to intervene early in preventing homelessness and sustaining tenancies. Intensive and Engaging (I&E) Support: Hub ...

  • Thames Valley Emotional Support and Advocacy – tender open

    The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner confirms that the Emotional Support and Advocacy Service has now gone out to tender. The tendering process for this service will be conducted via BlueLight. If you are interested in bidding for the service you will need to be registered with EU Supply: https://uk.eu-supply.com/login.asp?B=BLUELIGHT

  • Partnership Development Fund – open from 12 September

    The CCGs’ Partnership Development Fund is open for applications from Tuesday 12 September. The four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund as part of their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2018/19 Partnership Development ...

  • Get Ready for the 2017 Aviva Fund

     The 2017 Aviva Community Fund opens for project submissions on 12 September, with more chances to win than ever before.  The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community. To apply go to www.aviva.co.uk/good-thinking/community-fund All you have to do is enter a project for your community ...

  • Funding opportunity – Active Communities now open!

    Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over ...

  • Grant funding available to prevent FGM and Cyber Crime

    The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has launched a grant fund to improve prevention and early intervention in the areas of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Cyber Crime. Specifically, bids are invited from organisations for projects which meet one or more of the following criteria: Tackling FGM Training or other initiatives for key professionals (e.g. teachers, ...

  • Narrowing the Gap II – Help shape plans from 2018 to 2022

    Community providers and other stakeholders are invited to join commissioners to discuss plans for a new commissioning framework for services operating from June 2018. A range of topics will be covered including: Tackling poverty Thriving Communities Managing community buildings Care navigation Well-being support Reading Borough Council will host the Narrowing the Gap II Commissioning Framework, but: some services will be commissioned jointly by ...

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