Funding opportunities round-up

A round-up of funding opportunities, application deadlines, and events.

The monthly Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council’s Funding Advice team is also a key source of information.

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund

    The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping young people (aged 14-25) in the most precarious positions, where making the transition to adult independence is most challenging. The Fund supports organisations which work with young people experiencing ...

  • Ministry of Housing Windrush Day Grants -Open until 21 January 2019

    What is the funding for: Grants are available for charities & community groups to celebrate, commemorate &/or educate about the history of the Empire Windrush & the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social & cultural life. The Ministry Of Housing are looking for innovative approaches, founded on active community engagement. They will fund ...

  • Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund – Opens 18 January 2019

    The Young Roots programme is designed for organisations that want to involve & work with young people between the ages of 11 & 25 to encourage them to develop their own views about the culturally varied Heritage of the UK. How much can you apply for? Between £10,000 to £50,000 for projects lasting up ...

  • Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund – Open for Applications

    What activities can they fund? They are interested in projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. They are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as ...

  • Comic Relief Children Survive & Thrive – Opens January 2019

    Comic Relief has announed the launch of a new funding initiative to develop child centred approaches that address the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school. Who should apply: Organisations that ...

  • Slides from the Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop

    We had a great turn out at the Cultural Commissioning Ready workshop today. If you weren’t able to attend, you can take a look at the slides here: Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop Presentation The fund will open in January 2019 and a ...

  • Second year of Reading, Place of Culture funding – opens in January

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the second year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Funding is available to organisations to deliver participatory arts, ...

  • EU Settlement Scheme – grant scheme open until 1 February 2019

    The Home Office has announced the launch of up to £9 million of grant funding, available to voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations to help vulnerable or at-risk EU citizens needing additional support when applying for the EU Settlement Scheme ...

  • Police and Property Fund Act – open until 17 December 2018

    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 ...

  • Sage Enterprise Fund – open until 7 December 2018

    Does your non-profit require funding for a bright new idea? Too often we see small non-profits with exceptional, original ideas on the brink of delivering real change, unable to make their idea a reality due to lack of funds. That’s why we ...

  • Community Energy for Reading – grants for sustainability initiatives

    Reading Community Energy Society is offering grant funding for sustainability initiatives in and around Reading, from £100  to £5,000 for initiatives which meet one or more of the following aims: Improving energy efficiency Reducing carbon emissions Support sustainability in the local community including ...

  • VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund – open until 15 February 2019

    Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations can now apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health. Through the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019-20, the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England ...

  • Nationwide Community Grants – open until 7 December 2018

    The Nationwide Community Grants is a new funding initiative by Nationwide Building Society to help tackle the Housing Crisis in Central England.   Grants of up to £50,000 are available to support charities that help vulnerable people with their housing needs (Berkshire ...

  • NESTA Future Ready youth funding – open for expressions of interest until 10 December 2018

    The NESTA Future Ready Fund is a £250,000 fund to support high-potential, early-stage interventions to test and further develop interventions that promote wider skills in secondary-age (11-18) young people, focusing on social and emotional skills and resilience. They are looking to fund ...

  • Looking for funding? Workshop 7 Nov on Costing your Services

    It’s that time of year when many of you will be working on a funding strategy or budget for the coming year, or you may already be involved in quite a few funding applications! If you need some assistance on working ...

  • Comic Relief ‘Power Up’ funding – stage 1 open until 7 December

    Comic Relief has launched ‘Power Up: Resourcing Women’s and Girls Movements for Change’ This is an open funding programme to support women and girl’s movements in the UK and abroad. The aim is to support a wide range of women’s rights ...

  • Santander Discovery Grants for up to £5K

    Santander Discovery Grants are open for applications all year round. The three priority areas are- EXPLORER Improving people’s knowledge Such as Money Management workshops helping disadvantaged people learn how to budget.  TRANSFORMER Improving skills and experience For example, training to help socially isolated people develop skills ...

  • Tampon Tax Community Fund – open until 19 October

    Grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects, which support Berkshire’s women and girls, through the Tampon Tax Community Fund. The tampon tax fund allocates monies generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives ...

  • Free fundraising tool for small charities and groups

    The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) have developed ‘Fundraising Fundamentals‘, a free fundraising tool to help small charities and groups to develop a fundraising strategy. It includes four sections: Getting started Including where you are now and where you would like to get too, ...

  • Grants of up to £10k up for grabs

    Grants of up to £10k are available to support Berkshire. Charities and groups are being invited to apply for funds by local granting charity Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF). Seven funds are now receiving applications which cover a huge range of issues ...

  • Social investment for community sports organisations

    The Sporting Capital Fund is a new loan funding opportunity for community sports organisations who can apply for a loan of between £50,000 and £150,000. This is open to organisations who want to: make a difference in the community through sport, ...

  • The Lion’s Den! Local community groups could win a small grant  

    Reading Lions will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 23 October 2018. Our aim is to reach out to small community groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. We will be distributing ...

  • NatWest Skills and Opportunities fund – new round opens on 3 September 2018

    If you have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise, NatWest have announced that there will be one final round of their Skills and Opportunities Fund opening on 3 September ...

  • GSK Impact Awards – open until 20 September 2018

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding and training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund. The awards are open to registered charities ...

  • Funding: People’s Postcode Lottery opens for applications on 1 August

    The People’s Postcode Lottery will open for application on 1 August. Charities and community groups will be able to apply for funding between £500 – £20,000. Funding will be available through the following 3 Trusts: The People’s Postcode Trust For projects promoting ...

  • Open for Applications: Big Lottery Building Connections

    Earlier this month the government announced it would be allocating £11 million to charities through its Building Connections initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. Part of this funding is now open for applications through the Big Lottery. The closing date ...

  • ‘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:
  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Partnership Development Fund opening soon

    Applications opening soon for 2018/19 grants from the CCGs’ Partnership Development Fund 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 Fund ...

  • ‘Give Local’ grant fund open for applications

    United Way UK has announced that ‘Give Local’ grant applications are open for 2017. The grants of £1,000 are available to small charities working in the community. United Way hopes to gain a better understanding of the range of issues affecting local communities and to create a clear picture as to the level of these needs, ...

  • Community Learning Funding from New Directions 2017-2018 – bidding process open!

    Neighbourhood Learning Deprived Communities (NLDC) funding for 2017-2018 (with annual extension until 2019-2020) The bidding process for this Community Learning funding has opened and the deadline for submitting bids is 16:30pm on Friday 23 June. You are required to use In-Tend which is an electronic system being used by Reading Borough Council. Please see guidance below: If you ...

  • Funding Update – Lloyds Foundation Invest Programme opens 22 May

    First round for applications for multi-year grants opens on Monday 22nd May, until Friday 16th June.

  • Heritage Lottery Fund 1-1 funding advice – 22 March

    Does your community group or organisation have an idea for a heritage project? Could the work you already do be the inspiration for a heritage project? Perhaps you want to tell a story which has been lost, forgotten, or never even told? The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) offers grants for projects which explore and engage people ...

  • Apply for the WHSmith Community Grant

    The WHSmith Trust is offering grants of up to £500 to voluntary organisations from the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag levies.

  • New funding programmes targeting support to young people

    This month Funding Digest features two new grant programmes focusing on young people. The first is to help them overcome the financial barriers that prevent them from achieving their education, training or employment goals and the second provides support to organisations working with young people leaving care. Young People Programme The Young People Programme aims to enable ...

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