Funding News – 09 October 2023

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Funding News

BBC Children in Need: A Million & Me - Big Sky Programme

Their A Million & Me fund supports children aged 8-13 years old. It focuses on their emotional wellbeing and mental health. This fund aims to provide support at an early stage, before mental health problems are established. Applications are by invitation only, they will be developed through conversations with BBC Children in Need teams in each of the 4 nations and draws on their local knowledge and insight. Contact details for local teams are here. Committed to funding grassroot organisations across the UK including current grant holders, but they are keen to previously unfunded organisations and groups. Funding of up to £5,000 will be awarded. Organisations can apply for up to 2 years, with no application deadlines. Applications must fit within BBC CiN localised funding plans and rural identifiers developed at a local level.

Growth Impact Fund for social enterprises/entrepreneurs and charities

The Growth Investment Fund from the Big Issue and UnLtd offers social purpose organisations investment, and supports entrepreneurs to grow their impact and sales. They support organisations with a social purpose that are focused on tackling inequity and have diverse representation at board and leadership level. Investments are made under three terms: Equity - Shares in your organisation for £50,000 to £500,000, Revenue Share - Repayments based on your organisation's revenue performance for £50,000 to £750,000, and Patient Debt - Regular repayments set at an agreed interest rate over several years for £500,000 to £1,500,000.

Help for Heroes: Veteran’s Mobility Fund

The Office for Veterans’ Affairs has announced that Help for Heroes and BLESMA will be given the responsibility of administering the highly specialized Veteran’s Mobility Fund. Eligible veterans will ordinarily be in receipt of a War Pension or an award from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Further details on how to apply to the Veterans’ Mobility Fund will be announced in 2023, but they hope to welcome applicants in early 2024. Register your interest in the programme via their website

Cash4Clubs opening mid October

Flutter UKI (formerly Paddy Power) are delighted to team up with the UK leading charity Sported for the 2023 edition of Cash4Clubs, offering small grants of 2,000 GBP/Euro to community sports clubs and organisations across the UK and Ireland. £200,000 is available in small grants for grassroots sports clubs in need. The fund will be accepting applications between October and December 2023 with winners being notified early 2024. Further details will be available when the scheme opens 18 October 2023.

Community Foundation for NI: Brockaghboy Community Benefit Fund

The fund’s aim is to provide financial support towards the development of locally beneficial community-based projects and initiatives within a 5 km radius of Brockaghboy wind farm, Swatragh, County L/derry. Grants of up to £3,000 available. Applications are invited from charities and community organisations working within a 5 km radius of the Brockaghboy wind farm site. Deadline 1 November 2023 (1pm).

The Pink Ribbon Foundation Grants for 2024

The Pink Ribbon Foundation are now accepting applications from any charity working in the field of breast cancer. They provide grants of up to £6000 for practical projects and initiatives, which aim to help registered charities to deliver good physical and mental health to individuals with and recovering from breast cancer.  They expect projects that receive funding to be delivered within 12 to 18 months.

Upcoming Deadlines

Reminder - Community Ownership Fund

The £150 million Community Ownership Fund is for communities across the United Kingdom and will provide financial support to communities to take ownership of assets, amenities, and facilities at risk of being lost but have value for the local people and place. It will run for 4 years. This window and future ones will now include an extended maximum funding level, increasing from £1million to £2million. Open to incorporated voluntary and community organisations, CICs, CIOs, Co-operatives including Community Benefit Societies, and now also parish, town and community councils. Apply for capital and revenue funding. Deadline 11 October 2023 (11:59am).

Rosa: Voices from the Front Line

Rosa’s Voices from the Frontline fund, now in its sixth year of running, offers one-year grants of up to £7,000 to women’s and girls’ organisations to support campaigning and influencing work that enables women and girls to use their voice to achieve change. Deadline 11 October 2023 (4pm).

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP)

The programme aims to promote and support local communities to work in partnership with community pharmacists to address local health and social wellbeing needs using a community development approach. Level 1 funding is for a grant up to £2,500 for a project that can last up to six months. Level 2 funding is for a grant of up to £12,000 for a project that can last up to one year. Next deadlines: Round 45, Level 1 deadline 12 October 2023/Level 2 deadline 9 November 2023.

JustGiving Digital Learning Grant

Thanks to JustGiving, Fundraising Everywhere are offering 100 fundraisers an opportunity to learn, network, and get 1:1 support to boost their digital fundraising skills and confidence for free. They are looking for 100 fundraisers that are committed to regularly engaging with the content and applying it to a digital fundraising project they’re working on now. Deadline 15 October 2023 (5pm).

Energy Saving Trust: Youth Climate Action Fund

The Energy Saving Trust Foundation, with support from Airbnb, provides the Youth Climate Action Fund. Charities and organisations facilitating youth-led projects focused on empowering young people to take action on the climate emergency are invited to apply. In particular, the fund aims to support organisations working with young people experiencing inequality. Eligible organisations can apply for grants of up to £40,000, which will be received over two years. Expression of Interest deadline 16 October 2023.

Fundraising Support for autumn 2023


Free Online Introductory Fundraising Workshops for NICVA Members

We are hosting a series of FREE workshops for NICVA members introducing a different fundraising topic or aspect of fundraising. These sessions are an opportunity to find out about an area of fundraising that's new to you, top up your existing knowledge, or be a snapshot into an element of fundraising you'd like to explore. Each workshop is led by NICVA’s Fundraising Advice Officer.


A Practical Guide to Completing Funding Applications

As the voluntary and community sector face a squeeze on finances from a variety of sources, securing funding is essential but it’s a competitive environment. This in-person event gives a useful overview and the practical advice you need to complete funding applications with a focus on addressing emerging funding priorities.

  • 30 November 2023
  • 9:30am to 12:30pm
  • Paid (£35 members £50 non-members)

Fundraising Clinics

These popular, free fundraising advice clinics provide members with an hour-long chance to discuss and address specific fundraising needs.  The sessions can be delivered online, in-person or over the telephone.

Taking place, the last Tuesday in September, October, and November, you can book a slot from 10am until 4pm. See links below:


Explore the Fundraising Hub for a wide range of resources to support your fundraising journey. A few are below:

NEW: #TicktheBox for Gift Aid – why it’s important

5 October 2023 was Gift Aid Awareness Day - but you can promote the importance of Gift Aid to your charity any time of year. For more information also see: Gift Aid - Questions donors may have

NEW Meta and PayPal Giving Fund announce partnership – what it means for fundraisers using Facebook and Instagram

The partnership between Meta and PayPal Giving Fund to handle the processing of charitable donations means UK organisations need to act to avoid disruption to their fundraising on Facebook and Instagram. Fundraisers should also note that processing fees will now be incurred.

National Lottery funding distributors announce big changes

Both The National Lottery Community Fund and The National Lottery Heritage Fund have launched their new funding strategies. A summary of the changes is provided.

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