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Rural Funding Digest - February 2020


A monthly bulletin facilitated by your membership of the Rural Services Network highlighting a selection of current funding opportunities

→ Download a printable version of the Funding Digest here

Energy Redress Scheme – Energy Saving Trust

Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills.

Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the Energy Redress Scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in October, January, April and July. Eligible charities that have registered interest in the scheme will be notified when funds become available.

The minimum grant that can be requested is £20,000 and the maximum amount is the lesser of £2 million or the total value of the current fund.

The scheme can fund projects lasting up to two years, can fund 100 per cent of the project cost and can cover revenue and capital measures.

Round 6 of the Energy Redress Scheme opened on 22 January 2020 and closes to applications on19 February 2020. Three funds are available for applications:

  • Small Project fund. The Minimum grant amount is £20,000 and the maximum grant amount is £49,999. The priority is to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Main Fund. The minimum grant amount is £50,000 and the maximum grant amount is £2 million. The priority is to support energy consumers in vulnerable situations.
  • Innovation Fund. The minimum grant amount is £50,000 and the maximum grant amount is £750,000. The priority is the development of products and/ or services, which are genuinely innovative and not currently accessible to energy consumers or certain groups of energy consumers.

https://energyredress.org.uk/apply-funding


Places to Ride – British Cycling

British Cycling is working closely with Sport England to develop a national network of new cycling facilities which meets local demand, making use of a £15 million investment programme called Places to Ride.

The funding is available to any organisation that is developing cycling activity in their community and can be used for anything from equipment packages to activate your local space, through to a brand-new cycling facility. The programme is open until January 2021.

Large scale grants (£50,000 - £500,000) are available, typically for new facilities or significant improvements to existing venues, small scale grants (£1000 to £50,000) for equipment, cycle storage, small-scale facilities or venue improvements. Equipment packages are also available to activate your local space.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/placestoride


Cornerstone, Gateway & Foundation Grants – National Churches Trust

The National Churches Trust has three grant programmes currently open:

  • Cornerstone grants. The Cornerstone Grant Programme offers grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects costed at more than £100,000 including VAT. The Trust will also consider projects that introduce kitchens and accessible toilets to enable increased community use, costed at more than £30,000 including VAT. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project cost. The next deadline for applications is 2 March 2020.
  • Gateway grants. The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. Grants will never exceed 50% of the project costs for this phase. The next deadlines will be 23 January 2020 and 14 May 2020.
  • Foundation grants. The Foundation Grant Programme will offer grants of between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority within a recent Quinquennial Inspection or Survey Report. Also, small investigative works and surveys. Project costs should not exceed £10,000. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis from the end of January 2020. The final opportunity to submit an application will be 30 October 2020.
  • Preventative maintenance micro grants. If the cost of booking maintenance services is a problem, the National Churches Trust, with its partner the Pilgrim Trust, can offer grants towards the cost of a building's maintenance services. You could receive up to 50% of the cost of works (excl. VAT) up to a maximum grant of £500. The cost of your service must not exceed £1,000 (excl VAT).

http://www.nationalchurchestrust.org/our-grants


Youth Accelerator Fund – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

The Youth Accelerator Fund has been set up to address urgent needs in the youth sector and expand existing successful projects run by Sport England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and British Film Institute.

Youth clubs and organisations in sport, arts, film and heritage will receive a share of the fund, to deliver a range of positive activities for young people to develop skills and contribute to their local communities.

UK Youth, the membership organisation for youth clubs in the UK, will distribute £1.15 million to run a small grants programme to deliver extra sessions in youth clubs and youth groups across England.

The following organisations will also receive funding:

  • Sport England: £1.32 million to expand grassroots programmes and offer extra-curricular sport to young people in deprived areas.
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund: £1.27 million to invest additional funding into ‘Kick the Dust’, a project for young people to enjoy, learn and lead heritage-based activities in their communities.
  • Arts Council England: £500,000 to expand their Youth Music programme, supporting music making for young people in challenging circumstances.
  • British Film Institute: £155,000 to expand the weekly BFI Saturday Clubs to more areas of the country.

Additionally, over £2 million of the funding will go towards setting up new Local Partnerships across the country, designed to effectively coordinate and sustain local youth activities. Areas will be encouraged to bid for a Local Partnership, that will bring together existing providers, statutory partners and the private sector to deliver programmes for young people.

You can read more via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/youth-projects-to-benefit-from-7-million-government-investment


Sustainable Futures Fund – Joseph Rountree Charitable Trust

The overall focus of this programme is on developing and promoting sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to the current consumerist and growth-based paradigm.  The Fund will support a range of actions to achieve these aims:

1. Better economics – work that: 

  • explores and promotes ways that well-being and sustainability, rather than traditional forms of economic growth, could be placed at the heart of public policy
  • explores and promotes mechanisms that could better align business and investor behaviour with environmental sustainability and the long-term public interest
  • researches and develops innovations and new practical models of enterprise that can be embedded within community practice
  • challenges future investment in, or subsidies for, fossil fuels.

2. Beyond consumerism – they will fund:

  • campaigns, initiatives and mechanisms which encourage radical, large scale shifts in behaviour and culture away from consumerism towards more sustainable ways of living and using resources
  • exploration of initiatives and models which promote positive alternatives to materialism for a more fulfilled life
  • work which engages people individually and collectively in holistic and value-led approaches to transformed behaviour and lifestyle, as an alternative to consumerism.

3. New voices – they will fund: 

  • campaigns and movements that give marginalised or under-represented groups a voice on issues of environmental and economic justice
  • initiatives that encourage organisations from outside the traditional environmental field to get involved in environmental justice
  • networks that link and support local environmental justice groups
  • the replication of innovative local projects to involve New Voices regionally or nationally.

The deadline for applications is 23 March 2020.

https://www.jrct.org.uk/sustainable-future


Community Fund – This Girl Can

This fund aims to support women aged 16+ to get active by offering National Lottery grants to local projects that will contribute to overcoming the barriers some women face in getting active: from a lack of opportunities offered in their local area, to cost and availability of childcare. They are looking to support a wide range of ideas – from those that just need a few hundred pounds, to larger projects nearer £10,000.. They welcome ideas with a short-term focus as well as those which will provide longer-term support to help women achieve sustainable behaviour change.

The deadline for applications is 25 February 2020.

https://www.thisgirlcan.co.uk/community-fund/


Strategy & Development Grant – Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund

The strategy and development grant supports a range of projects that bring collections closer to people. The Museums Association award the fund on behalf of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to projects that demonstrate the significance, distinctiveness and power of collections to people.

Grants of up to £250,000 are available for projects running for up to five years to support initiatives that use collections to support the established strategy of an organisation for a long-term benefit. 

This type of grant aims to accelerate the development of museums that are committed to finding new ways to involve their audience and communities with collections. It is designed to help organisations overcome some of the barriers of traditional project funding, so they will offer additional coaching to projects that could benefit from their skills and network.

Before submitting an expression of interest, you will need to speak to a member of the team at the Museums Association to discuss your project. Suitable projects will then be invited to submit expressions of interest in May 2020.

https://www.museumsassociation.org/news/23012020-collections-strategy-development-grants


Smart Energy GB in Communities Fund – National Energy Action

The 2020 Smart Energy GB in Communities programme launched on 21 January 2020. This year’s programme is targeting grant funding and resources to organisations supporting people aged over 65 and are currently unaware of smart meters.

They are seeking applications from regionally based organisations ideally with local networks with substantial face-to-face reach that can deliver support to people in the target group outlined above. As a minimum, they are looking for each project to engage directly, face-to-face with around 1,500 people in the target group. Housing associations and local authorities are eligible to apply too.

https://www.nea.org.uk/smartenergygb/grants/


Transforming Places through Heritage Grants – Architectural Heritage Fund

This programme supports projects that will contribute to the transformation of high streets and town centres in England helping them become thriving places, strengthening local communities and encouraging local economies to prosper.  It is part of a wider initiative to revive heritage high streets in England, alongside Historic England’s High Street Heritage Action Zones.

This programme is for individual heritage buildings in, or transferring to, community ownership. They will support charities and social enterprises to develop projects with the potential to bring new life to high streets by creating alternative uses for redundant or underused historic buildings in town centres.

A range of grants are available:

  • Project Viability Grants: up to £15,000, for early viability and feasibility work, open now for applications.
  • Project Development Grants: up to £100,000, for capital project development costs, open now for applications.
  • Crowdfunding Challenge Grants: up to £25,000, to match fund crowdfunding campaigns, open now for applications.
  • Transformational Project Grants: up to £350,000, for transformational capital projects. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.
  • Community Shares Booster Grants: further info to be announced.

http://ahfund.org.uk/england


Postcode Community Trust – People’s Postcode Lottery

Postcode Community Trust provides project-based funding in Great Britain under the themes 'improving community health & wellbeing, increasing participation in arts & physical recreation and reducing isolation.’ A range of not-for-profit organisations can apply for up to £2000.

The next round of funding opens on 10 March and closes on 24 March 2020.

https://www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk/


Lloyds Bank Foundation grants

Lloyds Bank Foundation’s new grant programme opened in December 2019. The programme supports charities with an annual income of £25,000 to £1 million with a proven track record of helping people on a journey of positive change through in-depth, holistic and person-centred support with long term funding and tailored support to develop.

In 2020 they aim to make around 170 new grants to small charities in England and Wales, half of which will be for £100,000 over 3 years and the other half for £45,000 over 3 years.

Their priority is to support charities which are helping people to deal with a range of complex social issues.

https://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/we-fund


Rural Community Energy Fund – Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) is a £10 million programme which supports rural communities in England to develop renewable energy projects, which provide economic and social benefits to the community.

RCEF provides support to rural communities in 2 stages:

  • stage 1: grants of up to £40,000 for a feasibility study for a renewable energy project
  • stage 2: grants of up to £100,000 for business development and planning of feasible schemes

RCEF is being run by 5 regional Local Energy Hubs. If you would like to register your interest for the scheme, or would like further information, please contact the relevant hub for your area.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rural-community-energy-fund


Armed Forces Day grants – Ministry of Defence

The Ministry of Defence offers a grant for Armed Forces Day (27 June 2020) events up to the value of £10,000, depending on the size and format of the event. This grant is match-funded and can cover up to half the total cost of the event. For example, If the total cost of the event is £10,000 and you raise £5,000, the grant could cover up to £5,000.

To apply for this grant, you must first register your event on the Armed Forces Day website.

Ministry of Defence funding cannot be used to pay for:

  • hospitality, including food, drinks and accommodation
  • military assets, including displays, equipment or military vehicles
  • entertainment, such as bands or musicians, films or other entertainment
  • transport for guests or organisers
  • VAT

Ministry of Defence funding can be used to pay for:

  • road closures required to hold an event, including to allow for parades and marches
  • decorations, flags and banners
  • newspaper and radio advertisements to promote the event
  • marshalling, security and first aid arrangements for the event
  • insurance
  • PA and communications systems

The deadline for applications is 1 March 2020.

https://www.armedforcesday.org.uk/get-involved/organise-your-own-event/apply-for-funding/


RDPE Growth Programme – Defra & the Rural Payments Agency

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme has reopened to support projects that invest in building businesses, creating new jobs and growing the economy in rural areas of England.

You could be eligible for a Growth Programme grant if your business is carrying out a project to create jobs or bring more money into the rural economy.

There are 3 types of grant:

  • Business development
  • Food processing
  • Rural tourism infrastructure

The deadline for expressions of interest is 16 February 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rdpe-growth-programme


Early Years Opportunities and Later Life Inclusion Grants – Masonic Charitable Foundation

The Foundation’s grant-making programmes for charities target funding where it is most needed. Current target areas include:

  • Creating the best start in life for disadvantaged children and young people
  • Reducing isolation in later life

Charities with incomes of under £500,000 can apply for a grant of between £500 and £15,000 over 1-3 years.

Charities with incomes of over £500,000 can seek a large grant for up to 3 years.  Grants are between £10,000 and £80,000 however the average grant ranges from £20,000 to £60,000. Large grants must be used to fund a specific project.

The next deadline for small grant applications is 17 April 2020 and for large grant applications 17 February 2020.

https://mcf.org.uk/charity-grants/


Comic Relief Community Fund (England) – Groundwork UK

The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and the LBTQI+ community and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Funding is available to help you develop your organisation through a Capacity Building Grant (up to £500) or to deliver projects through a Project Delivery Grant (up to £4000).

Administration of the local funding is being managed by community charity, Groundwork, which specialises in transforming communities and the local environment for the better.

This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time.

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/national-grants/comic-relief-community-grants/


Veterans’ Foundation grants

Many armed forces charities struggle to raise sufficient funding to support serving and former members of the British Armed Forces’ and sometimes their dependants who are in need. The Veterans' Foundation has been created to establish a new and nationwide source of funding to help these charities.  It acquires its funds through the Veterans’ Lottery and donations.

The trustees of the Veterans' Foundation will disburse funds to Armed Forces charities and charitable activities.

They will support projects that:

  • Reduce homelessness
  • Increase employment
  • Provide welfare and medical support
  • Increase confidence and social integration
  • Reduce dependence on drugs and alcohol
  • Support other charitable activities that may be needed

You can apply for grants of any sum up to a maximum of £30K. Trustees will also consider a bid for a spread grant, i.e. £30K as £10K for each of the next three years. Please note that the trustees are likely to award more small grants than large grants. They will consider a range of factors including the service or item being applied for, the number of beneficiaries, the importance of the grant to the applicant charity and the needs of the beneficiaries.

https://www.veteransfoundation.org.uk/


Grant schemes for electric vehicle charging infrastructure – Office for Low Emission Vehicles

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). This includes:

  • The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) provides grant funding of up to 75% towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargepoints at domestic properties across the UK.
  • The Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) is a voucher-based scheme that provides support towards the up-front costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charge-points, for eligible businesses, charities and public sector organisations.
  • The On-street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) provides grant funding for local authorities towards the cost of installing on-street residential chargepoints for plug-in electric vehicles.

For more information visit the website below.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles


Safer Streets Fund – Home Office

A new £25 million fund to tackle burglary, theft and other offences in crime hotspots has been announced by the Home Office.

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales will be able to bid for Safer Streets Fund investment for measures aimed at preventing acquisitive crime in disproportionately affected areas.

Initiatives could target vehicle theft, robbery or burglary, among other crimes, and could include interventions to improve home security, such as installing better locks and gating alleyways, and make streets better lit at night.

The fund has been designed to ensure local communities can participate in the development of crime prevention plans and will also include money for community projects that complement them.

It will also target areas disproportionately affected by these crimes.

PCCs must work with local authorities and other partners to develop these plans, which need to be based on evidence, demonstrate value for money and engage local communities.

Funding will be available to areas from April 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/launch-of-safer-streets-fund


Farming Recovery Fund (summer flooding) – Dept for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

A £2 million fund to help farmers affected by summer flooding opened for applications 20 September 2019.

Through the Farming Recovery Fund, farmers in parts of North Yorkshire and Wainfleet, Lincolnshire, who have suffered uninsurable damage to their property can now apply for grants between £500 and £25,000 to cover a number of repair costs.

Every farmer business can apply only once, from 20 September 2019 to 31 March 2020.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defra-opens-2-million-fund-to-restore-flood-affected-farmland


Places to Ride Programme – British Cycling

The Places to Ride programme will fund the development of new or the improvement of existing cycling facilities in communities across England.

The programme has been made possible through a new £15million commitment from Government and will be delivered over the next three years through a partnership of British Cycling, Sport England and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). The aims of the programme are as follows:

  • Encourage more people from a range of different backgrounds regardless of gender, age, ability or ethnicity to engage with cycling in all its forms. We want to provide more opportunities for people to enjoy riding in an accessible and inclusive environment; focusing especially on provision that responds to the needs of women and girls and people with a disability.
  • Invest in opportunities that connect local communities and address barriers to engaging with cycling. Recognise the wider benefits of riding a bike to enable societal benefits such as community cohesion, reducing social isolation and promoting health and well-being through prevention.
  • Ensure the delivery of a lasting legacy of active environments that provide high quality and affordable opportunities to engage with cycling now, that will continue to be deliverable in the future.

Applications can be made at any time and the closing date is 15 January 2021.

https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/placestoride


More than a Pub: The Community Pub Business Support Programme – Plunkett Foundation

Want to take ownership of your local pub and run it for the benefit of the community? Need help getting it into community hands?

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community ownership of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

Funded by Power to Change and delivered by Plunkett Foundation, the second round of the programme builds upon the success of the first, which saw over 450 enquiries received from communities across England and saw 28 pubs open under community ownership. Support and funding is available to the community pub sector until September 2020.

https://plunkett.co.uk/more-than-a-pub/


Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme – Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport

Full fibre broadband connections offer the fastest and most reliable speeds available and, as part of the government commitment to a vision of a full fibre Britain, in March 2018 they announced the £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. 

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection. Businesses can claim up to £2,500 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project. 

From May 2019, premises in the harder-to-reach places in the UK may be eligible for additional funding.

As part of the Government’s Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK are eligible for additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project.

Rural premises with broadband speeds of less than 100 Mbps can use vouchers worth up to £3,500 for each small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), and up to £1,500 per residential premise. to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections. This is subject to the eligibility rules.

https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/


Urban Tree Challenge Fund – Forestry Commission

The Forestry Commission has launched the Urban Tree Challenge Fund, with grants available over the next two years to make urban areas (cities and towns) greener and help meet the government’s target of planting one million urban trees by 2022.

The first year of the fund is now closed. In year two individual applications will be accepted for small, single planting sites, and prospective individual applicants can complete an expression of interest form to register interest in applying in 2020.

The fund provides up to 50% funding of standard costs for planting large and small trees and their establishment costs for three years following planting, such as the costs associated with buying a tree, planting it in a grass verge, basic protection and the labour required to plant it. Establishment payments will then support the cost of weeding, watering and checking trees during multiple visits over a three-year period.

Anyone is able to apply for the fund as long as they either have full management control over the land or signed consent from those who do for the duration of the agreement.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/urban-tree-challenge-fund


Neighbourhood Planning Grant Funding – Locality

You can apply for three types of grant funding if you are preparing a Neighbourhood Plan:

  • Basic Grant Funding: All groups undertaking a neighbourhood plan are eligible to apply for up to £9,000 in basic grant. As well as applying for a basic grant, you can also apply for technical support (provided you meet the eligibility criteria) to help you with your neighbourhood plan.
  • Additional Grant Funding: Groups meeting the eligibility criteria are able to apply for additional grant of up to £8,000 (in addition to the basic grant). This will take the total amount of grant available to you to £17,000.
  • Affordable Housing for Sale Grant Funding: This is a new element to the programme and it is running as a pilot scheme and is available during 2019-20 in the first instance. If you are wishing to bring forward affordable housing for sale you may be eligible for further grant funding of up to £10,000 to help develop these ideas.

Applications for grant for 2019-2020 have now closed.

Information about applying for the 2020/2021 grant programme is due to be available soon. Please check the website below for updates.

Applications for technical support will be considered on a rolling basis and are not affected by these timeframes.

https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/about/grant-funding/#affordablehousing


Open Grants Programme – The Clothworkers’ Foundation

The Clothworkers’ Foundation award grants to UK registered charities, CICs, and other registered UK not-for-profit organisations (including special schools). Grants are awarded towards capital projects which are defined as:

  • Buildings (purchase, construction, renovation or refurbishment)
  • Fittings, fixtures, and equipment
  • Vehicles

Applications must fit within one of the main programme areas: alcohol & substance misuse; disadvantaged minority communities; disadvantaged young people; domestic & sexual abuse; homelessness; older people; people with disabilities; prisoners & ex-offenders; visual impairment.

https://www.clothworkersfoundation.org.uk/what-we-fund/


Church Conservation Grants – William and Jane Morris Fund

Grants between £500 and £5000 are awarded to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the United Kingdom for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not for structural repairs.

Grants will be awarded to support smaller programmes of work concerned with the conservation of decorative or non-structural features such as:

  • stained glass windows
  • sculpture
  • furniture
  • internal monuments and tombs
  • wall paintings

The decorative feature, monument, etc must date from no later than 1896 (the year of William Morris’s death). The next deadline for applications is 31 March 2020.

https://www.sal.org.uk/grants/morris-fund-conservation-grants/


Pebble Grants – The Rank Foundation

This is a funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects where the total cost is less than £1million. If you are raising money for a particular project for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) and have already raised a third of the total costs, you may be eligible for this.

The Rank Foundation are currently accepting applications for the January 2020 trustees’ meeting.

https://rankfoundation.com/pebble-grants/


Funding for Community-led Homes

Together with the Confederation of Co-operative Housing, Locality and UK Cohousing, the National Community Land Trust Network have created ‘Community Led Homes’ to support their mission of making community led housing a mainstream housing option.

Community Led Homes will provide training, funding and practical support to community led housing groups, councils and developers. This includes a summary of various forms of funding available which you can view on their website: https://www.communityledhomes.org.uk/

Grants include:

  1. Community-led homes – becoming a Registered Provider / Investment Partner: aims to help community-led organisations progressing community-led projects to gain the support and funding they require to become a Registered Provider (RP) with the Regulator of Social Housing and/or an Investment Partner (IP) with Homes England. Up to £10,000 is available with applications accepted until February 2020.
  2. Homes in Community Hands Programme: operated by Power to Change, this programme will award grants averaging £50,000 to community led housing projects that will create schemes that deliver a majority of permanently affordable homes for rent or sale to locally connected people. These can be either as new build housing or by refurbishing empty properties. Funds will be largely focussed in Leeds City Region, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley City Region, the West of England and the West Midlands.  Funds will also be available to genuinely innovative community led housing projects anywhere in England. Funding must be committed by December 2021.

Heritage Impact Fund – Architectural Heritage Fund

The HIF offers tailored finance for charities, social enterprises and community businesses across the UK to develop sustainable heritage at the very heart of vibrant local economies.

Loans from £25,000 to £500,000 are available for up to three years with tailored terms and both flexible and incentivised interest rates for impactful projects. These could include both capital and interest repayment holidays.

HIF supports applicants across the UK who are undertaking a capital project or are looking to build upon or scale-up an existing enterprise.

The HIF is a joint initiative with contributions from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Historic Environment Scotland, Cadw and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

http://ahfund.org.uk/hif


The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund funds projects which focus on heritage.  The Fund state that heritage can mean different things to different people. It can be anything from the past that you value and want to pass on to future generations. As a guide, this could include:

  • oral history
  • cultural traditions
  • nature
  • natural and designed landscapes
  • community archaeology
  • historic buildings, monuments and environments
  • collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • histories of people and communities or places and events
  • the heritage of languages and dialects
  • places and objects linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history

Different grant bands have different criteria:

  • National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £3000 to £10,000 for projects up to one year in duration
  • National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £10,000 to £100,000
  • National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £100,000 to £250,000
  • National Lottery Grants for Heritage: £250,000 to £5 million

There are no application deadlines for applications up to £100,000. Quarterly deadlines apply for applications over £100,000.

The amounts available depend on the type of organisation applying as follows:

  • Non-profits and partnerships led by non-profit organisations:  £3,000 to £5million
  • Private owners of heritage: up to £100,000
  • Partnerships led by commercial organisations (for the purposes of achieving economic growth): £250,000 - £5m

A new funding portfolio was launched in January 2019. For information on all HLF programmes visit the website.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx


First Steps Enterprise Fund – Asda Foundation

First Steps Enterprise Fund (FSEF) is a £300,000 pilot fund to support community organisations. The Social Investment Business manage this fund on behalf of the Asda Foundation.

Funding is available for community organisations (charities and social enterprises) based in England that are looking to take on their first loan to help them grow and become more sustainable. Particular preference is given to organisations that work in the following areas:

  • Older people
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Employment for young people

Funding packages of up to £30,000 are available (90% loan and 10% grant). The loan element is charged at 5% (fixed) to be repaid over a period of 4 years with an optional capital holiday for the first year. Up to £50,000 is available for exceptional cases.

https://www.sibgroup.org.uk/firststeps


Cultural Impact Development Fund

This £3.7 million fund provides small-scale repayable finance to socially-driven arts and cultural organisations. The Fund is supported by Access – The Foundation for Social Investment through the Growth Fund programme, with finance being provided by its partners Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital.

The aims of the fund are to:

  • Enable risk-taking, ambitious organisations in the arts and cultural sector to take on small-scale repayable finance in order to achieve social outcomes;
  • Increase the capability of arts and cultural organisations to articulate, achieve, monitor and evaluate their intended social impact.

The Fund offers unsecured loans (and revenue participation agreements, where appropriate) between £25,000 and £150,000 with repayment terms of one to five years and interest rates ranging between 5.5% and 8.5%.

The investment window is open until August 2021.

https://www.artsculturefinance.org/our-funds/cultural-impact-development-fund/


Emergency Essentials Programme – BBC Children in Need

Family Fund Business Services are working in collaboration with BBC Children in Need to deliver the Emergency Essentials programme supporting children and young people living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

The programme can deliver or fund critical items such as:

  • Gas or electric cookers
  • Essential household items
  • Furniture and kitchen equipment
  • Children’s beds and bedding
  • Washing machines
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.

https://www.familyfundservices.co.uk/emergency-essentials/


Community Asset Fund – Sport England

Whether it’s the park you run through, the hall you do classes in or the pitch you play on, welcoming and accessible spaces have a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of coming back.

As part of this, Sport England have produced a guide and accompanying document to explain more about the new Community Asset Fund, how and why they're doing things differently, when they will make decisions plus tips and advice for developing your project or idea.

Sports clubs and community organisations can now apply for investment from the Community Asset Fund – Sport England’s new capital fund dedicated to enhancing the spaces in local communities that give people the opportunity to be active.

This fund will have a value of £15 million per annum with the anticipated size of bids between £1000 and £150,000. There is no deadline to apply.

https://www.sportengland.org/funding/community-asset-fund/


Reaching Communities England – National Lottery Community Fund

The Reaching Communities programme aims to make positive change in communities. Big Lottery particularly want to hear about ideas that support:

  • Lasting and sustainable changes to places and spaces
  • Communities to develop happier and stronger relationships with each other
  • Taking action to focus on the root causes of social problems to tackle them at the earliest possible stage

Through Reaching Communities funding you can apply for between £10,000 and £500,000. Successful grant can fund some or all of the costs associated with delivering a project, including staff salaries, training, volunteer expenses, management costs, equipment, premises costs, monitoring and evaluation and overheads. The programme can also fund up to £100,000 for small scale capital work, such as refurbishment, the purchase of vehicles, land or buildings.

Big Lottery encourage applicants to contact them before applying for additional advice and support before you submit your application.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/reaching-communities-england


Awards for All England – National Lottery Community Fund

National Lottery Awards for All offers funding from £300 to £10,000 to support what matters to people and communities. You can apply if your organisation is a:

  • voluntary or community organisation
  • registered charity
  • constituted group or club
  • not-for-profit company or community interest company
  • social enterprise
  • school
  • statutory body (including town, parish and community council).

National Lottery Awards for All has three funding priorities. Applications must meet at least one of them. The priorities are:

  • bringing people together and building strong relationships in and across communities
  • improving the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enabling more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

This is an open programme. Applications can be made at any time.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/national-lottery-awards-for-all-england


Partnerships – National Lottery Community Fund

Through partnerships funding, Big Lottery aim to make grants available over £10,000 for organisations who share responsibility and influence with others, who have a shared set of goals and values, and achieve their mission by starting with the bigger picture rather than just what their organisation can do on its own.

Grants are awarded for up to five years and we can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. The three funding priorities are:

  • bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities
  • improve the places and spaces that matter to communities
  • enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.

https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/partnerships-england


Community Centres & Village Halls grants – Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse is interested in applications for capital projects at community centres in the most deprived urban areas and village halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas.

The Foundation wants to support community centres and village halls which are at the heart of small, deprived communities.  They expect that you will be providing a range of activities for all ages and abilities which help to promote community cohesion and address local problems of isolation, poverty, lack of local facilities, transport and other issues of relevance to your area.

They interpret ‘community centres’ in the broad sense, so you might be a church, sports facility or other building which offers a range of activities throughout the week which all the community can access.

The Foundation will consider applications for new buildings; upgrading, renovating or extending buildings; improving or creating outside space (but not car parks).  You will need to have secured a minimum of 50% of the costs of the project before you start an application. 

http://trusthousecharitablefoundation.org.uk/grants/community-centres-and-village-halls/


HS2 Community and Business Funds – Groundwork UK

Two funds are available to local communities to help with the disruption that will be caused by the construction of Phase one of HS2 between London and the West Midlands; the Community and Environment Fund and the Business and Local Economy Fund. The objective of these funds is to add benefit, over and above committed mitigation and statutory compensation, to communities and local economies along the route.

The administration of these funds is managed on behalf of HS2 Ltd by the charity Groundwork who will ensure both funds remain available for applications throughout the construction of Phase One.

https://www.groundwork.org.uk/Sites/hs2funds


Community Shares Booster Programme – Power to Change

The Community Shares Booster Programme is a funding scheme to support community share offers. It will invest equity up to £100,000 to match community shares in societies that can demonstrate higher than average levels of community impact, innovation and engagement. The programme will also provide development grants of up to £10,000 to help societies get investment ready and meet standards of good practice. Match funding will be in the form of equity held on equal terms with other community shareholders.

Power to Change has provided £3m funding for the Booster Programme over a five-year period from 2017-22. The programme is expected to match fund around 60 share offers in the first three years of the programme (to 2020) and then provide active investor support to societies on a continuing basis. The programme is run by the Community Shares Unit, a joint initiative between Co-operatives UK and Locality.

The Community Shares Unit was established in 2012, since when there have been over 350 community share offers in the UK, raising more than £120m in share capital from over 100,000 people. Community shares are defined as non-transferable, withdrawable shares in an asset locked society that has at least 20 member-shareholders and £10,000 in share capital.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

https://www.communitysharesbooster.org.uk/how-it-works


BlueSpark Foundation grants

Schools, colleges and community groups in England can apply for grants to Blue Spark Foundation for a wide range of projects. The Foundation value academic, vocational, artistic and sporting endeavour in equal measure but are particularly keen to support projects which will help enhance the self-confidence, team working skills and future employability of children and young people.

Many grants will be under £2,000, most will be under £5,000 and only in a few cases will grants exceed £10,000.

Projects which could be supported include drama, music, sport, art and design, debating, public speaking, academic education, vocational training, community projects, enterprise projects and educational excursions. This list is illustrative and not exclusive as to the types of project that the Foundation support.

http://bluesparkfoundation.org.uk/


Website Grants – Transform Foundation

Transform Foundation provide funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The grant covers 100% of the website design and build costs with the Foundation’s current grant partner. Applicant organisations will need to cover ongoing costs for a minimum of a 12 month commitment

They are specifically targeting small and midsize charities – generally with an income between £350k and £30M a year.

https://www.transformfoundation.org.uk/website-grants


Family Fund – The Family Fund Trust for families with severely disabled children

The Family Fund helps families across the UK who are raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under. You can apply to Family Fund subject to a number of criteria which include that you are the parent or carer of a disabled or seriously ill child or young person aged 17 or under and that you have evidence of entitlement to one of the following: Universal Credit, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit and Pension Credit.

See the website for more details.

https://www.familyfund.org.uk/


Landfill Communities Fund – SUEZ Communities Trust

SUEZ Communities Trust (formerly SITA) provides funding awards of up to £50,000 to not-for-profit organisations to undertake work that is eligible under the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). Applications are considered for three areas of work which qualify for funding through the LCF. These include:

  • Public Amenities
  • Historic Buildings, Structures or Sites
  • Biodiversity

Projects can be supported that make physical improvements at sites located in any of 100 funding zones around qualifying sites owned by SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK.

http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/


European Structural and Investment Funds – Department for Communities and Local Government

A variety of funds under the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) are currently available in different parts of the country. ESIF includes money from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

Deadlines for applications vary.  Please see the website below for more information.

https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds


Tesco Community Grants – Tesco and Groundwork

Groundwork is working with Tesco on three local community grant schemes, where the money raised from plastic carrier bag sales is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK.

Projects that bring benefit to their community will get the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers, and hosting community events.

There are currently three grant schemes covering different sizes of projects and parts of the country:

  • Tesco Bags of Help, which provides grants of up to £2,000 to projects in the UK
  • Tesco Bags of Help Centenary Grants, which provides funding of up to £25,000 to projects that have a significant regional impact in the UK
  • The Tesco Centenary Fund which provides grants of up to £50,000 to projects that have a significant regional impact in Northern Ireland

https://tescobagsofhelp.org.uk/


Home Building Fund – Homes & Communities Agency

The government has created a £3 billion fund “to increase the number of homes built in England.” You can apply if you’re a private sector business that builds new homes or prepares sites for housing developments. This includes small builders, community builders, custom builders and regeneration specialists, as well as larger builders and developers.

The fund provides development finance and infrastructure finance via loans. More information on how the fund works and who can apply is available in ‘An Introduction to the Home Building Fund’ which you can access via the link below.

https://www.gov.uk/homebuildingfund


Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants – Arts Council England

Grants of between £1000 and £100,000 are available for eligible individuals, organisations, libraries and museums for a range of activities including: Audio-visual, broadcast and transmission, buildings and infrastructure, capacity building, commissioning, digital creation, diversity and equality, education and learning, exhibition, festival, organisational development, original work, participation, performance, production, professional development, publishing, research and development, sector development, talent development and touring.

This is a rolling programme with no deadlines.

https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/projectgrants


Help the Homeless grants

Help The Homeless makes grants to charitable organisations with the aim of helping homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Grants are available to small and medium-sized charitable organisations to fund the capital costs of projects with grants of up to £5,000. The quarterly deadlines for grant applications each year are: 15 March, 15 June, 15 September and 15 December.

http://www.help-the-homeless.org.uk/


Grants for War Memorials – War Memorials Trust

War Memorials Trust administers a number of grants schemes which between them cover the whole of the UK.  Currently programme funders include the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Historic England, Historic Scotland and War Memorials Trust. Grants are currently available up to 75% of eligible costs with a normal maximum grant of £30,000.

War Memorials Trust seeks to help all war memorial custodians, whatever the nature and size of their war memorial by facilitating repair and conservation projects. 

Annual deadlines are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December.

http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/


Football Foundation grants

The Football Foundation provides grants for building or refurbishing grassroots facilities, such as changing rooms, 3G pitches, fencing, portable floodlights, pitch improvements and clubhouse refurbishment. The Fund is available to football clubs, schools, councils and local sports associations and gives grants for projects that:

  • Improve facilities for football and other sport in local communities.
  • Sustain or increase participation amongst children and adults, regardless of background age, or ability.
  • Help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport.

Grants are available for between £10,000 and £500,000.

http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/funding-schemes/premier-league-the-fa-facilities-fund/


Prepared by Andy Dean, Assistant Director at the Rural Services Network
Email: andy.dean@sparse.gov.uk

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