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:

  • 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:
  • National Banks Supporting Local Projects with Small Grants

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two small grants programmes from national banks aimed at helping support local projects. Santander Foundation Changes its Name and Launches New Grant Programmes The Santander Foundation has changed its name to the Discovery Foundation. This is to reflect the importance of its new flagship community programme – the ...

  • Reopened – Building Better Opportunities funding

    Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Local organisations will be able to bid to the Lottery to deliver activity against a specification that is locally defined. Addressing barriers to work in Thames Valley Berkshire Funding available: £1,317,540 for West of ...

  • Funding to support children and young people with eating disorder or self-harm issues – deadline 26 Feb 2016

    As usual the latest issue of Funding Digest features advance details about a wide range of funding programmes opening up over the coming weeks and months. One that’s hot off the press and not included, but circulated by the Funding Digest team separately here due to the fast approaching deadline, involves bids for funding to support ...

  • Capital grants deadline Monday 15 February 2016

    Reading Borough Council are now inviting organisations to apply for a capital grant and the revised deadline for this is Monday 15 February. There is only £10,000 remaining in the Capital Grants budget for 2015/16, and groups will be expected to prioritise their expenditure if applying for more than £1,000. Applications should be accompanied by two ...

  • Berkshire Community Foundation is working with the NHS to deliver grants for carers

    Eligibility The aim of the Fund is to make awards to registered charities and voluntary groups providing respite breaks for carers. Exclusions: Any group/project not meeting the above criteria; those groups whose beneficiaries are outside of Berkshire; groups promoting religious or political causes and/or those excluding beneficiaries from other sectors of society; overseas travel or expeditions for ...

  • Postcode Community Trust funding – closing 29 January and 31 May 2016

    The Postcode Community Trust provides short-term, designated funding to good causes that promote community development and demonstrate positive change through access, engagement and skill development. There are two opportunities to apply in 2016, in January and May. Projects should fall into at least one of the following categories: Supporting marginalised groups to obtain skills and resources to ...

  • Upcoming Community and Capital Grants – closing 29 January 2016

    The Funding Services Team at Reading Borough Council would like to remind voluntary organisations that the next round of Community and Capital Grants is approaching. The deadline for this is the 29 January. If you would like to apply for a grant, please follow the website link and request an application form online. http://www.reading.gov.uk/article/2800/Funding-for-Local-Groups In addition to ...

  • Social Enterprise Café Opportunity in Dee Park – closing 19 February 2016

    What is the opportunity? We are looking for a Social Enterprise (either new or established) to run a Community Café at Unit 1, Montague House, 12 Spey Road, Tilehurst, RG30 4DG. In addition to the provision of a quality service, the key outcomes sought by this expression of interest are to provide a meaningful community benefit – whether through ...

  • New funding opportunities for organisations working with Families and Women and Girls

    The latest issue of Funding Digest features details about two new funding programmes for organisations working with families and women and girls. These are Buttle UK’s Families Grants Programme and the Rosa Voices from the Frontline Grants Scheme around gender equality. Buttle UK – Families Programme This programme provides items for the most basic needs of vulnerable ...

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