Funding News


Local Funding News

Leicester Groups Invited to Apply for Community Grants

Voluntary and Community groups in Leicester are being invited to apply for funding through the Leicester City Council, Cultural Service's Small Community Grants programme.<><>These grants are available to enable people in Leicester to take part in a wide range of arts, heritage, leisure, sporting and cultural activities and events.<><>The Council is especially interested in applications that contribute towards the Council's Cultural Strategy and applications that target people who are disadvantaged.<><><>Grants of around £500 are usually given, but they can be up to £1500, to small...

24th October 2005

Leicester Community Funding Streams to Merge

Voluntary Action Leicester has announced that from April 2005 onwards, it will merge the he Community Empowerment Fund (CEF), Community Chests & Community Learning Chests into a single funding stream to be called the Single Community Programme (SCP).<><>The overall aim of the SCP will be to provide grants and support to encourge greater community participation and input in the development and regeneration of local neighbourhoods.<><>The Single Community Programme has been designed to provide a single funding stream with clear objectives. The SCP will:<> <>• Develop a more strategic and coher...

30th March 2005


Funding News for the West Midlands

Community Innovation Fund Opens for Applications (Birmingham)

Community groups Birmingham that successfully raise money towards their project via the crowdfunding website "Crowdfunder" are eligible to apply for additional funding of between £100 and £10,000 through Birmingham City Council's Community Innovation Fund. The council is offering seed funding for projects that promote health and wellbeing and encourage a more independent, engaged and connected community. The total fund available is £470,000. To eligible for funding, the project must be located in Birmingham; demonstrate how the project will deliver innovative activities that ...

11th January 2018

The Harry Payne Fund (West Midlands)

The Heart of England Community Foundation is now accepting applications for The Harry Payne Fund. This fund provides grants of between £250 and £1000 to support causes in Birmingham and within a 25 mile radius of the city centre, including Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire. Registered charities and CIO's with an income of less than £500,000 who support the disadvantaged are welcome to apply and funding is available for specific projects and general running costs. Examples of the types of causes that have previously been suppo...

13th December 2017

Funding for Community Groups in Areas Affected by Birmingham Airport Operations (West Midlands)

The Birmingham Airport Community Trust Fund has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 23rd February 2018. The Trust makes grants of up to £3,000 to community groups in areas most affected by the Airport's operations. Since the Trust's inception in 1998 over £1.5 million has been invested in over 600 local projects. The Trust will support projects relating to heritage conservation; environmental improvements; bringing communities together through facilities for sport, recreation and leisure time activities; and improving health and wellbeing through the promo...

12th December 2017

Funding to Improve Town Centres (Warwickshire)

Warwickshire County Council has launched the Warwickshire Placemaking Fund. The total value of the fund is £134,000. The fund aims to enhance, improve, and enliven the town centres across Warwickshire. This could be anything from creating an art piece, improving the welcome through signage and information, to transforming a disused piece of land from eyesore to eye-catching, improving the shop-fronts of a rundown parade of shops or even adding a mini play area into your high street. To access the funding projects will need to create a fundraising project on the crowdfunding website "S...

11th December 2017

Wesleyan Foundation Launched (West Midlands)

Wesleyan, the specialist financial mutual, has launched a new charitable Foundation in partnership with Heart of England Community Foundation with an aim to give up to £1 million a year to good causes. The Wesleyan Foundation hopes to award around 100 grants in its first year and will enable its customers and members to decide which projects receive the most support, by nominating voluntary organisations important to them. Charities, community groups and social enterprises who meet the criteria can also apply directly to the fund. While the funding will come from Wesleyan, it is partneri...

28th November 2017

New Sports Fund for Birmingham (Birmingham)

Heart of England Community Foundation has launched a new fund to support sports groups across Birmingham. Smaller voluntary and community organisations (with incomes under £250,000) helping the most disadvantaged people and communities can apply for grants of up to £2,000 from a total funding pot of £600,000. The funding will contribute to start-up costs, pilot projects and purchasing resources for a wide range of sporting activity including swimming, football, athletics and racquet sports. Funded projects must be completed within one year. Full details and a fact sheet ...

27th November 2017

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund (West Midlands)

Small local community groups, charities and social enterprises in Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help people facing disadvantage and social exclusion. To be eligible for funding the applicant organisation needs to be constituted, have an income of less than £250,000 per year and meet one or more of the following criteria. Promote health and wellbeing; tackle disadvantage; support local solutions to meet local needs; promote community cohesion; and develop sustainable and supportive communities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.<...

20th November 2017


UK Funding News

Rent Recognition Challenge to be Launched (UK)

The Government has launch a £2 million Rent Recognition Challenge Prize to enable the development of technology that will allow rental tenants to record and share their rental payment data with lenders and credit reference agencies. The aim is to allow rent payments to be considered by banks when conducting a mortgage affordability assessment. The competition will be open until the 9th March 2018. Shortlisted entries will then proceed to a development phase which will run from April 2018 to October 2018. The competition will provide an initial round of grant funding to 6 promising propos...

22nd January 2018

Funding for Library Innovators Re-Opens for Applications (UK)

The Carnegie UK Trust has launched the third funding round of the ‘Carnegie Library Lab' programme. The Library Lab programme is designed to support and develop innovation and leadership in the public library sector across the UK and Ireland. The Trust are looking for applications from individual library staff working in early and mid-management roles across the UK and Ireland. Successful applicants will work with the Trust as Carnegie Partners for 18 months (June 2018 and September 2019). Carnegie Library Lab offers participants financial support of between £5,000 and £15...

22nd January 2018

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK)

The next closing date for schools to apply to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 17th May 2018.   Schools can apply for grants in excess of £10,000 for projects that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Schools can only apply for funding for projects that are additional to their statutory duties. Examples of projects that recently received funding include St Jose...

22nd January 2018

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme (UK)

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 17th May 2018. Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations and schools that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties; and / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties. Examples of projects that rece...

22nd January 2018

Co-operative Bank Donation Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2018 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund. Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to projects that support The Co-operative Bank's community themes. These are currently: - Crime, reoffending and victims of crime. - Financial capability and education...

22nd January 2018

Grants for Projects that Promote Inclusion and Diversity within the Chemical Sciences (UK)

The Royal Society of Chemistry believes that for chemistry and the chemical sciences to prosper; it must attract, develop and retain a diverse community of talented people. The Inclusion and Diversity fund has been created to provide financial support of up to £5,000 to members, professionals, network groups, volunteer groups, institutions and organisations to enable them to develop innovative products, activities and research projects which promote inclusion and diversity in the chemical science community. The next round of funding is now open and interested applicants should contact th...

19th January 2018

National Churches Trust Project Development Grants (UK)

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help churches of any Christian denomination develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects. Priority in this round will be given to applications from the North East of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, as well as from Baptist and Presbyterian churches. Buildings must have been built as churches originally and 50% of the funds needed must be in place. The funding can be used to diagnose issues affecting the church; test the viability of proposed solutions to improve sustainability; develop guiding policies and plans tha...

19th January 2018

Funding to Support Vulnerable Young Migrants (UK)

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants of through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants. The maximum grant available is £30,000 but, in view of the limited funding available, lower applications are encouraged. The average grant size is around £12,000. Grants are available to undertake strategic legal work to benefit children and young people (under the age of 25) who are significantly disadvantaged by migration status. The fund will accept applications in any area of law that affects vulnerab...

19th January 2018

Government Launches Third Funding Round to Counter Extremism within Communities (England & Wales)

The Home Office has launched a third call for funding and in-kind support for groups involved in counter-extremism projects in their communities. The funding, which is being made available through the "Building a Stronger Britain Together" programme is part of the counter-extremism strategy which encourages partnership between the government and groups and communities who want to see extremism defeated. This programme aims to help to create more resilient communities, to support civil society and community organisations who stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individual...

18th January 2018

Mobility Unlimited Challenge (UK and Worldwide)

Toyota Mobility Foundation's $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge was launched in November 2017 to find teams of innovators who have an idea or device for ground breaking assistive technology that has the potential to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis. Eligible teams may be made up of people with engineering, software, design and data science expertise who will want to include end-users from the outset by engaging people with lower-limb paralysis in the development of devices that best meet their needs. The judges will be looking for innovations that are user-centric, bui...

18th January 2018