Voluntary, community organisations and schools, etc across the UK can now apply for grants of up to £20,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund – Awards for All programme. This represents a significant increase from the previous maximum grant size of £10,000. Projects can last for up to two years. The funding boost is intended to support organisations in delivering new or existing community led activities. Eligible projects must address at least one of the following: help communities connect, improve their environment, provide early support for individuals and assist those facing financial difficulties. The application deadline is 16 weeks before you want to start your activities or spend any of the money. Awards for All Increases Maximum Grant Amount (UK)
Registered charities and mainstream state schools can apply for grants of up to £4,000 to deliver fun and accessible activities for children and young people during the school holidays. The funding is being made available through the John Lyon’s Charity’s School Holiday Activity Fund (SHAF) and will cover the running costs of holiday programmes which provide activities in accordance with current government guidelines for young people in the boroughs of Barnet, Brent, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Kensington & Chelsea, Westminster, City of London. These costs can include sessional staffing costs, transport for children with special needs and/or disabilities, digital delivery, equipment, and food during activities. Application forms may be submitted at any time but no later than the 16th January 2024 for activities taking place during the February half-term. School Holiday Activity Fund Opens for Applications (London)
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 14th March 2024. Funding to Support Disadvantaged Young People and Offenders (UK)
Public, private and third sector organisations in England and Wales can apply for funding to improve the performance of existing heat networks. The £32 million Heat Network Efficiency Scheme, funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, will provide funding to heat network operators to make improvements to existing heat networks or communal heating projects that are not performing to their maximum efficiency, resulting in better outcome for customers and operators. The scheme will provide up to 50% funding for capital works, and up to 100% funding for Optimisation studies. The scheme will run until 2025. The next closing date for applications is the 2nd February 2024. Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (England & Wales)
Grants of between £30,000 and £50,000 are available to charities and other not-for-profit organisations in England and Wales that are working to support Black and ethnically minoritised children and young people that are at high risk of becoming involved in violence.
A total of £2 million in funding is available through the Phoenix Way: Children and Youth Round to support projects aimed at:
- diverting children and young people from crime
- providing supportive home environments
- improving education
- fostering trusted adult relationships
- engaging in positive activities
- providing therapies
The funding is available to groups where at least 70% of the leadership are from Black or racially minoritised communities.
The closing date for applications is the 3rd December 2023.
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UK-registered charities that working to combat the abuse and violations of human rights can apply for grants of up to £20,000. Applications are particularly welcomed from charities working to support migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; criminal justice and penal reform; and human rights, particularly access to justice. The funding is being made available through the A B Charitable Trust. The Trust generally makes one-off grants to charities registered and working in the UK with annual incomes of between £150,000 and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. The next closing date for applications is the 26th January 2024. Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights (UK)
Grants of up to £100,000 are available to support arts, library and museum projects. The funding is being made available through the National Lottery Project Grants programme, which aims to support thousands of individual artists, community and cultural organisations to create and sustain quality work and help people across England to engage with arts and culture. Priority is currently being given to supporting the grassroots live music sector, enabling museums to develop their collections-based work and increase public engagement with, and use of, their collections and work that supports, enhances and enriches libraries.The Fund is administered by the Arts Council England which has recently published updated guidance for the programme, and made the process of applying clearer and more accessible. Applications can be made at any time. Funding to Support Arts, Library & Museum Projects (England)
Go! London Foundation grants will help organisations continue delivering impactful work in physical activity and sport, reach more young people, and become more resilient and sustainable.
Grants of up to £40k are available for up to 24 months are available to community groups delivering sport and physical activity to young people in London. We will fund project-specific costs, core costs or both.
Foundation funding aims to
- Improve organisational sustainability
- Enhance services for children and young people
- Increase numbers of children and young people supported by sustaining provision
Organisations interested in applying for funding, and meet the eligibility criteria, will need to complete a short online eligibility/fit to fund quiz form. Eligible organisations will then be able to access an online application form.
- The deadline for eligibility forms is 2pm, Friday 10th November 2023
- The deadline for applications is 2pm, Tuesday 21st
More information, including eligibility requirements, can be found on golondon.org.uk/foundation/
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to charities, community groups, and other charitable organisations across London and the South of England to support the mental health and well-being of young people, and encourage them to engage in youth social action. The SNG #iwill Fund 2.0 – Wellbeing Champions Programme will support organisations to upskill at least 15 young people aged 10-20 to become Wellbeing Champions, teaching them to look after their own mental health and wellbeing, support their peers, and raise awareness in their communities. Champions will go on to deliver their own youth social action project. The funding is made available by the Sovereign Network Group (SNG) in partnership with the Reverse the Trend Foundation, which will accept applications until midnight on the 19th November 2023. Grants to Support Youth Mental Health & Social Action Projects (London & the South of England)
Charities and community energy groups in England, Scotland and Wales can now apply for grants to support vulnerable households most at risk from cold homes and high energy bills, develop innovative products and services related to domestic energy use, or support carbon emissions reduction projects. A total of £14 million is available for grants through four funding streams. The funding is being made available through the Ofgem Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme and is funded by energy companies who have breached Ofgem rules. Before applying, organisations need to pre-register by visiting the Energy Redress registration page. Applications for the sixth funding round close at 5pm on 14 November 2023. £14 Million Available to Support Vulnerable Households At Risk from Cold Homes (England, Scotland and Wales)
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Sobus is a new Community Development Agency for Hammersmith & Fulham. It has been created through the merger of the Community and Voluntary Sector Association Hammersmith & Fulham (CaVSA) and the Fulham Community Partnership Trust (FCPT). Building on the strengths of both organisations, sobus aims to provide a wider range of support services for local charities, community groups, social enterprises and start up businesses.