Funding News – 24 October 2022

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ASDA Foundation Grants

The Asda Foundation supports small, grass roots organisations by working with their Community Champions in store. Schemes currently accepting applications until 11th November are Empowering Local Communities Grant and U18 Better Starts Grant. They are also offering a Cost of Living Grant to help groups meet rising costs.

Thomas Wall Trust: Grants for Registered Charities

The Thomas Wall Trust believes that communication skills are critical capabilities for people who want to improve their employment prospects, self-confidence, resilience, and life chances. They are an inclusive charity, welcoming proposals which target people experiencing multiple deprivation or other groups demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment, especially women, people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities, refugees and asylum seekers. The Trust offer grants up to £5,000 to specific projects or core activities that develop these critical life skills for people from disadvantaged groups.

Groundwork NI: Whitemountain Programme

Grants of between £5,000 to £25,000 are available for projects making a positive impact at ground level, either developing facilities for community use or encouraging biodiversity and environmental improvements. Operations at Mullaghglass landfillsite are ceasing. The Whitemountain Programme’s final round will be on 7 April 2023.

DAERA: Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme – Upcoming Expression of Interest deadline

The Rural Social Enterprise Investment Scheme is a pilot Scheme, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs which will provide a grant to established Social Enterprises to increase their capacity, potential profitability and sustainability whilst supporting those who live in rural areas. Grants of between £50,000 to £100,000 are available to Social Enterprises who meet the scheme qualifying criteria. Expression of Interest deadline 3pm, 14th November 2022.

eBay UK: Circular Fashion Innovator's Fund

eBay UK has announced a partnership with the British Fashion Council to launch the Circular Fashion Innovator’s Fund, offering £100,000 in funding for small businesses specialising in circular fashion solutions. The applicant’s company should be based in the United Kingdom and registered with Companies House (not sole trader) and can be a charity, social enterprise or registered company. The Fund hopes to bring new technology and services to the market that can help people think and shop differently, with a particular focus on areas such as customer experience, circular inventory & services, and social commerce. Deadline 23:59 3rd November 2022.

Prince's Countryside Fund: The Rural Start-Up Fund

Forest Holidays, partners of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, are passionate about sustainable rural tourism. Ensuring resilient communities and a prosperous local economy means supporting the people living and working at the very heart of the rural sector. One of the biggest barriers to setting up a new business is the initial financial demand, and this, coupled with the challenges of working rurally, is why they are striving to support new entrepreneurs across the UK. A total of £5,000 is available in the Rural Start-Up Fund in 2022 to be awarded to one winning business or shared between a number of rural start-ups.  Deadline noon 9th November 2022.

Upcoming Deadlines

Cultural Bridge

Cultural Bridge is a programme that aims to build new relationships to support intercultural exchange and dialogue in the field of participative arts and culture between Germany and the UK. The programme’s aims are: Supporting international exchange and development opportunities for cultural organisations based in the UK and Germany and Enabling social change through the development of participatory approaches across a range of artforms and in response to one or more of the programme’s themes. Deadline noon 26th October 2022.

Linking Generations NI: Intergenerational Small Grants

A Food for Life Get Together is any event where different generations come together to grow, share or cook together. Food for Life Get Togethers are about people coming together and giving people of all ages and backgrounds a chance to connect while enjoying fresh, nourishing, healthy food. Deadline noon 28th October 2022.

Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council: Large Capital Project Fund

This programme is to fund large capital works projects where a relatively small percentage of match funding from Council is required.   Grants awarded will be in the range of £2,501-£20,000 (max rate 50%). Project delivery should not commence before a Letter of Offer is issued and must commence before 31 March 2023. Deadline noon 28 October 2022.

For the People Awards 2022 from Marsh Commercial

They want to recognise and celebrate all the great work people do up and down the country to help our local communities thrive. So, whether you help in a foodbank, retrain the unemployed, or you know someone who does a fantastic job fundraising, enter or nominate your chosen cause for them to win £5,000 in funding. For every validated entry, they’ll donate £10 to support Ambitious about Autism, a brilliant charity for children and young people with autism. Deadline noon 30th October 2022.

Association of Independent Museums: New Stories New Audiences

Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund, New Stories New Audiences is open to all AIM members in the small museum category (up to 20,000 visitors). AIM members in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are all eligible to apply. They will fund projects up to £15,000 that result in a wider range of people being involved in heritage at your organisation. Deadline 31 October 2022.

Fundraising Events for Autumn 2022

This FREE in-person event, brought to you by Will to Give and NICVA Fundraising Advice, will be an opportunity for Legacy Fundraisers to explore issues, trends, and solutions since the pandemic within legacy giving in Northern Ireland alongside exploring ‘hot topics’ in greater details.

7 November 2022 - 9:30am to 3:30pm

N.B. Morning session open to Will to Give members and their guests only. The afternoon session is open to anyone from the voluntary and community sector interested in learning more about legacy giving in Northern Ireland.

Free, one-hour fundraising advice clinics for NICVA members to discuss their fundraising needs. These monthly events occur on the last Tuesday of each month from 10am until 4pm.

Note: 2022 sessions now fully booked. Next session to be held January 2023. 

Fundraising Articles & Resources

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