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.

  • 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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  • Apply for the Co-op Local Community Fund – closing date 16 December

    Co-op members get 1% of everything they spend on Co-op products to give to a local cause that matters to them. The Co-op Local Community Fund is inviting applications from voluntary and community groups to be one of the causes for their next round of funding, running from March to September 2017 You can now apply ...

  • The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is back

    The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund is launching again on 7 November 2016. The fund will be donating 70 awards of £300 to warm-hearted community projects and people. Local charities, organisations and people are invited to apply for the funding. In the meantime, free jars and sachets of hot chocolate can also be sent out to groups that might ...

  • Police Property Act Fund open for applications

    Can you help reduce re-offending and prevent cyber-crime? You may be interested in the new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. The Fund, jointly managed by the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and the Chief Constable, is created from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot ...

  • Partnership Development Fund open for applications

    The Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Groups are now inviting applications to the Partnership Development Fund for 17/18. The closing date is Friday October 14th 2016 at 5pm Eligibility: registered charities, voluntary and community groups, local self-help  support groups, community enterprises and community interest companies.  Groups wishing to deliver a project in collaboration can submit a joint application, ...

  • Celebrating participation in healthcare – community grants available

    NHS England’s celebrating participation in healthcare community grants scheme is open for applications. Grants of up to £1000 are available to voluntary and community organisations that want to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services. To apply you must be a voluntary or community organisation and be able ...

  • Achieve your dream project with a new funding programme

    This month’s Funding Digest from Reading Borough Council highlights a new grant programme for charities, to help you achieve the project you have always dreamed of, and a small grants fund to help support people in need in your local community. Dream Fund 2017 Launches Charities can apply for funding from the Postcode Dream Trust to deliver ...

  • Partnership Development Fund 2017/18 – opening soon

    The Partnership Development Fund for 2017/18 is opening on 1st September. The four clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Berkshire West set up the Partnership Development Fund (PDF) to enhance their commitment to working with the voluntary sector on local services for patients that align with the CCGs’ strategic and operational plans. The 2017/18 PDF programme will open ...

  • Active Communities Funding – open for applications until 24 August 2016

    The People’s Health Trust Active Communities fund is now open for applications in Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough, and Bracknell Forest. Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality. Active Communities, which is funded through The ...

  • Celebrate! and improve lives in your local community

    Celebrate! The National Lottery is offering grants of up to £10,000 for groups to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate your local community. You could celebrate something from your community’s history or a local hero, or the event could be a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. They have ...

  • Launch of Troubled Families Innovation Fund – 18th July 2016

    The Reading Troubled Families Board will be launching the Innovation Fund at 10am on the Third Floor at Central Library. The fund will open for applications for up to £15,000 from Reading voluntary and community organisations. A key principle that Reading must demonstrate as part of Phase Two of the Troubled Families (TF) Programme is how the ...

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