Funding News – 06 June 2022

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London Hearts: Defibrillator Grant

London Hearts is helping to fund Public Access Defibrillators (PADs) in communities all over the country. When someone has a cardiac arrest, timely intervention is the key to survival. By making more defibrillators available, and by training more people to use them, the better the chance of survival for a cardiac arrest victim. London Hearts can help by providing a grant of £300 to communities who are fundraising for a public access defibrillator in their area. So far they have helped sports clubs, parish councils, not-for-profits and individuals who are fundraising for a defibrillator obtain funding towards the cost of a defibrillator and cabinet, making this lifesaving piece of kit more affordable.

The National Emergencies Trust’s Local Action Fund

This match fund of up to £20,000 per project has been launched by the National Emergencies Trust as part of its Coronavirus Appeal. It offers support to voluntary and community organisations in the UK by helping them to counter financial challenges created by the pandemic, including the inability to fundraise in the usual ways, reductions in staff and volunteers, and increased demand on their services. Projects supported by the Local Action Fund include Wallace Park Tennis in Lisburn.


Funding grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects throughout the UK. The Happiness Fund is available to enable and support projects which improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, learning and skills development in local communities. Ultimately it creates happier people and neighbourhoods - think Holly Willoughby meets Sponge Bob Square Pants. Funding opens 1 July 2022. 

The Henry Smith Charity

The Henry Smith Charity has a range of grant programmes alongside their well-known Holiday Grants. The following have no deadlines so applications can be made at anytime:

The Improving Lives grant programme provides grants to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. Grant size is £20-£60k per year towards running costs, salaries, and projects for organisations with an income between £50k-£3m. Open to charities, not-for-profits, and social enterprises.

This grant programme aims to support small, grass roots organisations who are embedded in the community, working within the most deprived areas of the UK. Through this grant programme they target funding at well-established organisations with a proven track record of delivering services which are widely accessible to the whole community supporting connectedness, opportunities and wellbeing, for those who are excluded, vulnerable or facing other forms of hardship, and create a stronger, active, more engaged community. Grant size is £20-£60k per year towards running costs for organisations with an income between £20k-£50k.  Open to charities, not-for-profits, and social enterprises.

Hospital Saturday Fund

Set up in 1873, The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered Charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for individuals as well as registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices, medical organisations who are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. They offer both Standard Grants (£2000/€3000) and Large Grants (£10,000/€13,500). Deadlines throughout the year. Next deadline – Large Grants 15 June 2022.


Upcoming Deadlines

The Ideas Fund

Supporting up to seven new partnerships in four regions including Northwest Northern Ireland, the Fund will focus on ideas related to mental wellbeing, with £1.2 million funding to support community initiatives. The Ideas Fund is a grants scheme, run by the British Science Association (BSA) and funded by the Wellcome Trust, that enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing through collaborating with professional researchers.  

Expression of Interest deadline 08 June 2022.

ROSA: Stand With Us Fund

The Stand With Us fund has been set up to support the many organisations run by and for women who stand up and take action every single day to address violence against women and girls (VAWG). The Stand With Us fund aims to empower and strengthen frontline VAWG organisations to build safer futures for women and girls. Through this fund, one-year grants of up to £25,000 will be offered to fund organisational development work.

Deadline 4pm, 09 June 2022.

Arts Council NI: Health & Safety Capital Grant

The Arts Council has designed this programme to enable organisations to purchase equipment and/or carry out minor works to their premises which will address any health and safety issues that has been created due to Covid-19 or has been an outstanding maintenance issue which has rendered the space not fit for purpose.

Deadline noon 9 June 2022.

The Pilgrim’s Trust: Young Women's Mental Health Plus

The Young Women’s Mental Health programme to help improve the mental health of women aged 16-25 in the UK. They’ve committed £5 million in funding over five years (2021-2026). In 2022, your work or project must take place in Northern Ireland or the North East or North West of England to be eligible. There is a two-stage application process. Stage 1: Book a telephone conversation with their Grants Manager to talk through your proposal and answer any questions you might.

Stage 1 opens on 1 June and closes on 29 July.

UK Government: The Community Ownership Fund

The Community Ownership Fund is a £150 million, UK wide Fund helping community groups to protect, through community ownership, assets in their local area which are at risk of being lost. An updated prospectus for the Community Ownership Fund was launched on 27 May 2022.

Expression of Interest to applicants will open on 10 June 2022.

Articles and Resources

Guest Blogs for the voluntary and community sector

Our goal is to help the voluntary and community sector to innovate, develop and improve to meet the needs of the communities it serves. To do this, NICVA works with a diverse range of organisations to provide information, guidance, and resources. Click link to view a few of the recent Guest Blogs from local, regional and national organisations including Friends of the Earth, Fundraising Regulator, Chartered Institute of Fundraising, and many more.

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