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.

  • Homeless Link Cold Weather Fund – applications open until 6 December

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) are providing up to £1million of the Cold Weather Fund to Homeless link to administer funding to charitable organisations that are not commissioned by local authorities. The project’s overall aim is ...

  • Greggs Foundation Community Grants – open until 23 February 2020

    Not-for-profit organisations developing local community projects are being offered the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £2000. Who should apply? They are interested in projects that improve resilience within the community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for ...

  • Funding alert: Universal Credit Transition Fund opening in April 2020

    The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have announced a £10 million Universal Credit Transition Fund for outreach programmes to help vulnerable people make Universal Credit claims. The fund will be available to partner organisations across the UK, including charities, from ...

  • Nationwide Building Society Community Grants, Housing Projects – open until 22 November 2019

    Nationwide are looking for local housing projects that will strengthen local communities to support the most vulnerable. The three target areas are: Preventing people from losing their home Helping people into a home Supporting people to thrive within the home environment Grants are available ...

  • Police Property Act Fund – open until 22 November 2019

    The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, and the Chief Constable, John Campbell, have opened a new grant round of the Police Property Act Fund. £170,000 is available to community and voluntary groups across the Thames ...

  • National Lottery Awards for All – new online application from 1 October 2019

    Important information if you are in the process of completing an Awards for All grant application Awards for All are moving to a new online application form on Tuesday 1 October 2019. The final time for applying using the current application ...

  • Cultural Commissioning – Applications Open until 21 October 2019

    The third and final round of cultural commissioning is now live and open for applications on In-Tend. RBC are inviting proposals from partnerships between arts, culture and/or heritage organisations and service delivery organisations (voluntary and community groups) with significant experience in ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Funding – live from 16 September, workshop on 18 September 2019

    The third and final round of cultural commissioning will go live for applications on 16 September 2019 RBC are inviting proposals from partnerships between arts, culture and/or heritage organisations and service delivery organisations (voluntary ans community groups) with significant experience in ...

  • The Good Exchange and Sovereign Housing Community Asset Fund – round one open until 30 September 2019

    The Good Exchange has recently partnered with Sovereign, one of the largest housing associations in the UK, to launch a new fund awarding £60,000 in match funding grants for community projects. Communities and charities in the south of England (Hampshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset, Devon, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the ...

  • National Lottery Community Fund – Climate Action Fund announced

    The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has announced that its newest fund will build a network of people and communities, well placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The new £100 million fund is being launched as the ...

  • Get Berkshire Active Activate Fund – round 2 opens on 14 October 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) are managing the Activate fund on behalf of the Sports Council Trust Company (SCTC). The aim of the fund is to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Year 3 Categories announced

    Arts, culture, heritage and voluntary groups are being invited to bid for funding for the third year running, based on how they can help improve the quality of life of Reading residents. Two pots of £20K and one pot of £30K ...

  • Co-op Foundation #IWill Fund – Applications open until 20 September 2019

    Grants of up to £35,000 to help young people have a say in how community spaces are managed. They expect to make up to eight grants, available for one year. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to re-apply for up to ...

  • GSK Impact Awards open for application

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, 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 ...

  • BCF – new funding rounds and 1:1 surgeries

    Does your voluntary or community group need funding for a specific project? Are you a small-medium sized charity or community group in Reading looking for funding for either a specific project or for core costs? In readiness for the upcoming rounds ...

  • Cultural Commissioning 2020 – open from September 2019

    RBC Cultural Commissioning team have some funding coming up for work with older people experiencing, or at risk of, loneliness and social isolation. It is part of the cultural commissioning programme currently run under the Reading, Place of Culture project, ...

  • Activate Fund from Get Berkshire Active – open until 16 September 2019

    Get Berkshire Active (GBA) have launched a new fund. The GBA Activate Fund aims to provide new physical activity and sport opportunities for inactive people living in deprived areas in Berkshire. Organisations can apply for between £750 and £2000. Applying organisations must ...

  • 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – open until 23 September 2019

    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be ...

  • Co-op Foundation Space to Connect Grants – open until 31 July 2019

    Space to Connect is a partnership between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DMCS) and the Co-op Foundation. It builds on the commitment to unlock the potential of community spaces as part of the Government’s loneliness strategy. Grants are available to ...

  • SWR Customer and Communities Improvement Fund – open until 6 September 2019

    South West Railways (SWR) are inviting bids for the first round of their Customer and Communities Improvement Fund (CCIF). There is £5.3 million available for projects that, having shown a link to the railway, have clear social or community benefit. Successful ...

  • Place to Ride Grants – ongoing until January 2021

    The Places to Ride Programme will fund the development of multi-use facilities to engage with a broad spectrum of cyclists and to encourage people who have never cycled before to get on their bikes. The programme has been made possible through ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Community Centre Funding – open until 4 November 2019

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has a number of funding streams. This article relates to Veterans Community Centre Funding.This is a capital grant programme for the renovation and refurbishment of community centres used by veterans and their communities. Ex-services personnel ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund Local Grants Programme – open until 2 December 2019

    The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has a number of funding streams. This article relates to their Local Grants Programme. This is the final year (2019/2020) of the Local Grants Programme. Grants of up to £20K, to be spent over 12 ...

  • Comic Relief strengthening mental health support for children and young people – open until 28 June 2019

    Comic Relief are seeking proposals from those working on providing mental health support to children and young people at an early stage so that they are aware of their mental health and can build resilience as they grow and develop. They ...

  • Skills for Positive Futures Funding – open until 3 July 2019

    The Berkeley Foundation is launching Skills for Positive Futures, a funding programme which will support vulnerable children and young people aged 8 to 14 years, to develop the life skills they need to thrive and make positive choices. Two grants sizes ...

  • Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Removing Barriers to Family Life

    This programme will award grants to Armed Forces Charities or CICs or Armed Forces Units working with Armed Forces Families. The focus of the project should be on supporting the family rather than serving personnel or veterans. The lead applicant ...

  • SEGRO Community Fund £5000 grants – applications open until 30 June 2019

    The SEGRO Community Fund is part of a three year partnership between SEGRO and Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) to help tackle barriers to work and education and help local people into employment.The SEGRO Community Fund will tackle barriers to work ...

  • Win £1000 for a local cause

    Berkshire Community Foundation is asking for your views on issues facing people in Berkshire. An estimated 98,000 people in Berkshire are family carers and the numbers are set to grow as more people live longer into older age. Vital Signs 2018 highlighted the ...

  • £140K available through Police Property Act Fund – applications open until 20 June

    The Fund, which is 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 be returned to identified owners, ...

  • Groundworks – Community Training Grants for the Thames Valley

    The Community Training Grants aim to support those organisations the size to apply directly for ESF funding. It aims to provide support to those smaller organisations that are grassroots & closest to those who face barriers to employment & training. Grants are available ...

  • Clothworkers Foundation – Grants for Capital Projects

    The Clothworkers’ Foundation award grants to UK registered charities, CICs, & other registered UK not-forprofit organisations (including special schools). Their Open Grants Programme is for organisations with a gross annual income of less than £250,000. The programme offers grants of up to ...

  • Earley Charity £200,000 Bicentenary Fund – Capital Grants

    Celebrating 200 years of active philanthropy: The Earley Charity Bicentenary, 1820 to 2020 The Earley Charity will be celebrating 200 years of active philanthropy in 2020. To mark this significant milestone, the Trustees have set up a £200,000 Bicentenary Fund. The ...

  • Young People’s Mental Health Pilot in South Reading

    Reading Borough Council are looking for an organisation to develop and run a pilot focused on understanding needs and improving the mental health of children and young people in South Reading. The pilot is part of the wider Reading, Place ...

  • Looking for funding? Pitch to Reading Soup

    Reading Soup still have two slots for community organisations to pitch for funding at their next Reading Soup event, on May 1. Reading Soup is a grassroots, community fundraising organisation supporting community projects in the Reading area. They’re  inspired by the ...

  • BCF Funds for the Elderly – open until 1 May 2019

    Berkshire Community Foundation (BCF) are offering grants of up to £5,000 to charity and community groups for projects working with the elderly to improve their health and wellbeing, access to facilities, advice and training; or to overcome their problems of ...

  • The Lion’s Den community grant scheme is back

    Reading Lions Club will be holding their next Lion’s Den community grant event on the 12 June 2019. Their aim is to reach out to small groups and charities in Reading and award grants for local community projects. They will be distributing grants of ...

  • National Lottery Grants for Heritage

    The National Lottery Grant for Heritage is an open programme for all types of heritage projects.  Heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that is valued with the wish to pass it on to future generations. As a guide, this could include: oral ...

  • Magic Breakfast – National School Breakfast Programme

    The Government’s National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP) is being delivered by Family Action and Magic Breakfast to schools in disadvantaged areas of England. Funding is available to start or improve breakfast provision in over 1,770 schools on a first come, ...

  • Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants

    Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants are two special voting rounds of the Tesco local community grant scheme. Applications are assessed by Groundwork to ensure they are eligible. Tesco colleagues will shortlist the projects to determine which go forward to the ...

  • John Sykes Foundation looking to give a helping hand to those in need

    Do you know someone in need of financial support? Or do you need a helping hand yourself? If so, the John Sykes Foundation wants to hear from you.   The John Sykes Foundation has been distributing grants to help people and families ...

  • Reading Dispensary Trust – grants available

    Reading Dispensary Trust makes monthly grants for equipment and services not available through statutory sources, to those suffering from physical and mental illness, living within a seven mile radius of the centre of Reading. Applications are only accepted from organisations/agencies on ...

  • People’s Postcode Trust – open until 20 February 2019

    The next round of People’s Postcode Trust funding will open on 6 February 2019. Projects should be related to the following themes: Poverty prevention Human rights Combating discrimination You can find examples of previous funded projects here. Who can apply Registered charities can apply for a grant of ...

  • Raising the Next Generation funding – open until 1 March 2019

    The MSE Charity gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. The next funding round entitled ‘Raising the Next Generation’ opens for applications on 4 February  and is open until 1 March ...

  • Aging Well Partnership Funding – open until 18 February 2019

    Reading, Place of Culture has announced a £6,000 Ageing Well Pilot, on behalf of the Ageing Well Partnership. The pilot is part of the Reading, Place of Culture initiative and aims to address gaps in participation and social outcomes for ...

  • DfE grants for holiday activities and food – open until 7 February 2019

    Early in 2018, the government announced a programme of work to explore how best to ensure more children from disadvantaged families benefit from enrichment activities and healthy meals during the school holidays. The Department of Education (DfE) is now inviting organisations to ...

  • Greggs Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019

    The Greggs Local Community Projects Funding is open for applications until 28 February 2019. They are looking to fun projects that improve resilience within your community. This can include sessional activities/respite support, equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks. Please ...

  • Cultural Commissioning Funding – Stage 1 open until 25 February 2019

    Cultural Commissioning Year 2 is now open for Stage 1 applications until 25 February 2018. The funding streams are: Elderly Care: £15K for arts, culture and heritage programmes to work with older people, particularly those with long term conditions and in areas ...

  • Funding available for youth violence intervention – until 29 January 2019

    The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley was recently successful in a bid for the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund. Having identified key elements of delivery from our bid, we are now seeking providers for ...

  • Vital for Berkshire funding – open until 25 January 2019

    The second Vital for Berkshire funding round is now open for applications, with grants of up to £10,000 available Vital for Berkshire aims to increase support for people across Berkshire who are struggling to cope with a range of issues preventing ...

  • Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund – open for applications all year

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

  • Windrush Day Grants – open until 21 January 2019

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is offering grants for charities and community groups to celebrate, commemorate and/or educate about the history of the Empire Windrush and the contribution of the Windrush Generation to British economic, social and cultural life. They are looking for innovative approaches, founded on active community engagement. They will ...

  • Heritage Lottery Young Roots Fund – open until 18 January 2019

    The Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme is designed for organisations that want to involve and work with young people aged 11 to 25, to encourage them to develop their own views about the culturally varied Heritage of the UK. Funding of £10,000 to £50,000 is available for ...

  • Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund – open until 28 February 2019

    The Greggs Foundation Local Community Projects Fund is now open for applications from not-for-profit organisations with annual turnovers below £300,000. They are more likely to award grants – of up to £2,000 – to organisations who have a Greggs shop ...

  • Comic Relief Children Survive and Thrive – opens January 2019

    Comic Relief has announced 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 directly ...

  • Slides from the Cultural Commissioning Ready Workshop

    There was a great turn out at the Cultural Commissioning Ready workshop on 13 December. 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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, ...

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