Funding News – 17 July 2023

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Nominations open for The King's Award for Voluntary Service 2024

The King's Award for Voluntary Service (KAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. It is awarded to outstanding groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community. Volunteers are expected to be leading its work. Closing date 15 September 2023.

GlaxoSmithKline & The King’s Fund for health

GSK offers two funding schemes for registered charities working to improve health and wellbeing and health inequalities The GSK Health Inequalities for registered charities that are at least one year old with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £150,000. Up to 15 charities will receive up to £10,000 in unrestricted funding and access to training and development valued at £2,700. Deadline 14 August 2023 (5pm). The annual GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for small to medium sized charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 10 winners will receive £40,000, with one overall winner receiving an extra £10,000. Up to five runners-up will receive £4,000. Closes 1 September 2023 (5pm).

Hubbub & Virgin Media O2: Time After Time E-Waste Fund

Hubbub has announced the launch of the £500,000 'Time After Time E-Waste fund', in partnership with Virgin Media O2. They're looking for projects that can help close the growing digital divide and spark behaviour change across the UK with funding between £25,000 - £100,000. EOI deadline 20 October 2023.

Heritage Crafts: Endangered Crafts Fund reopens

Thanks to support from the Sussex Heritage Trust, Ashley Family Foundation and Essex Community Foundation – Heritage Crafts invites craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support endangered crafts (the craft must be listed as endangered or critically endangered on the current Red List of Endangered Crafts). Grants between £500 and £2,000 available for each project and they will work with you to develop and support your work.

The 7 Stars Foundation reopen funding schemes

The Foundation offers three schemes for organisations working with young people aged 16 and under around four priority themes: abuse, addiction, child carers and homelessness. Project funding awards up to £2,500, Shine Bright awards up to £1,500, and Direct funding awards support for individuals from requests made by an outreach/social/care worker or legal professional.

TESCO: Stronger Starts (previously Community Grants)

Tesco Community Grants, now called Tesco Stronger Starts, funds local good causes whose focus is on supporting Children and Families across the UK.  Three projects from each local area will be shortlisted to go to the public vote by Tesco customers every three months, with grants awarded depending on the number of votes their project receives. First place wins £1,500, second place wins up to £1,000, and third place wins up to £500. 

National Lottery Community Fund: The UK Fund opening this August

This new fund opens 4 August 2023 and marks one of the first significant commitments from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)’s new strategy, ‘It starts with community.’ Funding is available for projects which create better-connected communities across the UK with grants from £500,000 up to £5m.  Register to attend a webinar (more dates coming soon).

Upcoming Deadlines

Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust opens for Round 3

The Trust gives grants to UK registered charities working in the UK.  They focus their grant giving on specific priorities every year. Rounds 3 and 4 will focus on children and young people in care and care leavers who continue to face disproportionate barriers. They continue to recognise that Black Lives Matter highlighted discrimination faced by the Global Majority, so across each grant round, applicants will be asked to detail how their project addresses these issues. Opens 1 July and closes 31 July 2023 for grants of £1,000. Round 4 opens 1 September for grants of £5,000.

The Fore Autumn 2023 registration opens for 1 week in July

The Fore awards investment in organisations make unrestricted grants to any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year. Register your interest by 19 July 2023 (noon).

NEW: Hubbub and Starbucks: Eat it Up Fund

The Eat it Up Fund is a new £200,000 fund provided by Starbucks (with the money coming from Starbucks 5p cup charge) in partnership with Hubbub Foundation UK. Grants of up to £40,000 aimed at finding and supporting creative approaches to reducing food waste. Applications accepted from any organisation that can prove they are an officially constituted body, registered in the UK including schools, local authorities, and purpose-led micro/small businesses. Expression of interest deadline 21 July 2023 (5pm).

ScottishPower Foundation: General Grants

The Foundation provides funding to registered charities towards Arts & Culture, Biodiversity & Climate Change, Education, Training, & Research, and Social Initiatives such as alleviating poverty and cost-of-living support and skill development in vulnerable groups. Grants from £35,000 to £200,000. Deadline 21 July (noon).

The Public Health Agency (PHA): Making Life Better through Short-term Funding

Community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to apply for a short-term funding programme that focuses on improving mental health and emotional wellbeing. Funding of up to £1000 for non-constituted groups and between £1001 to a maximum of £5,000 for constituted groups. Deadline 26 July 2023 (3pm).

Benefact Group: Movement for Good

The Movement for Good Awards is their annual programme of giving. In addition to this annual program of giving, the scheme offers Special Draws awarding up to £5,00 on varying categories and the Larger Grants offering £10,000 towards Education and skills, Cultural or community development, particularly in rural areas, Arts, culture or heritage, and Climate change or environment. The latter closes 28 July 2023 (midnight).

Fundraising Training

NEW - Free Online Introductory Fundraising Workshops for NICVA Members

Throughout Autumn 2023, we will host 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.

Upcoming Topics

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NICVA's Fundraising Advice provided a wide range of FREE training sessions as part of our response to the Cost of Living Crisis throughout May and June. You can read more about these events in our resources below:

Guest Blogs

NICVA Fundraising Advice has a range of articles from contributors supporting fundraising alongside a range of topics. See a few below:

Guest Blog: Fundraising Regulator - Volunteer fundraising: understanding the difference between ‘in aid of’ and ‘on behalf of’ | NICVA

Celia Currie, Stakeholder and Policy Manager for Northern Ireland, reflects on the importance of volunteers in fundraising and why it's important for charities to understand what type of fundraising is being carried out.

Guest Blog: The Chartered Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland | NICVA

Paul Montgomery, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland gives an overview of the work they do and how you can get involved. Plus, Paul  invites you to celebrate and recognise the incredible work of local fundraisers in the Northern Ireland Fundraising Awards 2023.

Guest Blog: The National Lottery Community Fund - remember to consider your environmental impact when applying for funding

Mark Creaney, from The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF), talks about how the largest community funder across the UK is supporting communities who are seeking to minimise their impact on the environment.

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