The National Lottery Community Fund is offering grants of up to £75,000 to community organisations that already run critical services to help people and families struggling with the cost of living. The funding can be used to pay for costs of delivering, expanding or adapting existing critical services until the 31st March 2024, and for retrospective costs of running the existing critical services for between the 24th July 2023 and the date that the applicant is funded. To be eligible for funding, organisations must already be providing services to low-income households and individuals, and they must demonstrate that they have a clear plan for how the funding will be used to support those affected by the cost of living crisis. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on the 16th October 2023. Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund Opens for Applications (UK)

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I am writing on behalf of Hammersmith & Fulham Council to enquire about the possibility of offering free or heavily discounted access or memberships to all, or a set number of, our looked after children and registered care leavers (up to the age of 25).

Looked after children and care leavers face numerous unique challenges as a result of being care experienced and as such Hammersmith & Fulham Council Local Authority has recently passed a motion recognising ‘care experience’ as a protected characteristic. Many of our care experienced young people have limited financial resources and may struggle to access sports, creative and other leisure opportunities in the same way as other young people.

As a Council, we are keen to work with local organisations to improve our offer to the young people in and leaving our care. By offering free or heavily discounted access or memberships to your organisation/facility, you will have the opportunity to reach a new customer base, demonstrate your commitment to social responsibility and investment in the local community, and allow these groups to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

We would be grateful if you could consider how your organisation could offer accessible leisure opportunities to looked after children and council registered care leavers. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact

Grants of up to £2,400 are available to support the needs of vulnerable children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or change in life that has had a significant impact on their social and emotional wellbeing and their education. The funding is being made available through the Buttle UK’s Chances for Children Grants. Support might include items and activities to support learning and development such as laptops, books, wi-fi, educational toys, tuition, etc; clothing and school uniforms; and social, sporting and leisure activities; and items for children/young people’s bedrooms. Buttle UK will only accept applications from frontline professionals (from a registered charity, housing association or public sector organisation). Applications can be made at any time. Funding to Improve the Lives of Vulnerable Young People (UK)

Grants of up to £2,000 are available to charitable organisations for projects that tackle loneliness amongst older people and adults with a disability. The funding which is being made available through the Barchester’s Charitable Foundation offers these grants to support projects that connect or re-connect people with others in their local community. This could include activity projects, equipment and materials, member transport, and day trips.The foundation also offers grants of up to £600 to help individuals with mobility issues. Grants can be used to purchase wheelchairs, scooters, bikes, or car adaptations. There are no deadlines and applications can be submitted at any time. Grants of up to £2,000 for Projects Tackling Loneliness Amongst Older People and Adults with a Disability (England, Scotland and Wales)

A £3 million fund has been launched designed to support the resilience of organisations working to end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in minoritised and marginalised communities. The funding which is being made available through the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime Violence Against Women and Girls will award grants of up to £120,000 to organisations that are working to prevent VAWG, support survivors, or challenge the attitudes and behaviours that lead to violence The closing date for applications is 12 noon the 30th August 2023. Violence Against Women and Girls Grassroots Fund Relaunched (London)

Grants of up to £2,500 are available to UK-based charities working with children and young people under 16, focusing on issues like abuse, addiction, young carers, and homelessness. The funding is being made available through the 7Stars Foundation. Additional grants of up to £1,500 are available for charities to purchase items and resources to protect and support the children they serve through the cost-of-living crisis. Direct grants are also offered to individuals affected by abuse, addiction, young carer issues, and homelessness, with applications submitted by supporting professionals or organisations. The deadline for applications is 31st August 2023. Funding Available to Tackle Abuse, Addiction, and Homelessness in Children and Young People (UK)

Grants are available to registered charities and other charitable organisation to support ex-offenders, young offenders, and at-risk youth. The funding is being made available through the Weavers’ Company who are looking specifically to support projects helping offenders find work as well as projects that support marginalised groups. A secondary priority is given to projects aiding disadvantaged young people, including immigrants, in realising their potential and engaging in society. The Weavers’ Company has two funding streams: a Small Grants Programme offering up to £5,000, and a Main Grants Programme with no maximum limit. Funding covers both project and core costs. Applicants must demonstrate efforts to secure other funding and future sustainability. The next application deadline is the 16th November 2023. Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders (UK)

To build on the momentum of our ‘Ready Steady Connect’ mentoring Programme, we’re seeking employers who can host a group mentoring session at their workplaces. These sessions will provide valuable exposure for up to 30 students aged 15-18, offering insights into different careers in your industry and entry routes available, such as apprenticeships.

What is Ready Steady Connect? It is part of the Mayor of London’s ‘New Deal for Young People’ initiative, Ready, Steady, CONNECT! is a new and exciting mentoring and personal development programme in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. This programme will be delivered by Spark! and in partnership with 2-3 Degrees and Young Hammersmith & Fulham.

Companies like Accenture, GSK, Chelsea Football Club, and Met Police are already confirmed hosts, and we’re hopeful to attract interest from the hospitality and engineering sectors as well, but not necessarily! If you’re interested in contributing to this transformative initiative, we would love to hear from you.

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Home Truths 2 is a two-year programme from ACEVO and Voice4Change to help to convert positive attention and intent from civil society into serious action on anti-racism and race equity. Take a look here.