Funding News - 28 May 2024

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Leathersellers Company Charitable Fund: Small Grants now open

The Leathersellers’ Small Grants Programme 2023-24 will consider applications from small charities and Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) registered and operating in the UK that provide vital services for vulnerable people in deprived communities. They will not consider applications from Community Interest Companies (CICs). This is a rolling funding programme for one-off grants of up to £5,000. There are 10 application windows throughout the year and each window will close when 45 applications have been received.

Art Fund: Student opportunities

The aim of this funding is to help museums, galleries and visual arts organisations provide paid opportunities for full-time university students to gain meaningful, developmental work experience that enables them to explore their interest in the arts, and related future career options, before they graduate. Open to applications from UK public museums, galleries, historic houses, libraries and archives for grants of up to £10,000. Next deadline 25 September 2024.

The Theatres Trust: UK Theatres Small Grants Programme

Theatres Trust's Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, funds small projects that make a big impact to a theatre’s resilience, sustainability, accessibility, or diversity.  This new scheme will provide grants of up to £5,000 for essential works to enable not-for-profit theatres across the UK to be viable and thrive in the future. Next deadline 7 June 2024 (noon).

OFCOM Community Radio Fund

The Community Radio Fund helps to fund the core costs of running Ofcom-licensed community radio stations. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has made £400,000 available over the 2024-2025 financial year. The panel will allocate approximately half of this to Round One applicants. Next deadline is 14 June.

The Society Foundation Grants

The Society Foundation offers grants to programmes or organisations that are seeking to help people from one or more of the following groups move towards paid employment with grants of up to £2,500. The recently homeless or vulnerably housed; ex-offenders;16-24 year olds not in employment, education or training. They typically offer micro-grants of up to £2,500 to small or growing organisations with a turnover of up to £500,000. 2024 Funding Round runs from Monday 3 June to midday on Monday 8 July 2024.

Seven Friends Foundation

Seven Friends Foundation provides grants of £300-£3,000 to small organisations (less than £300,000 annual income) that fulfil their charitable aims: To support and promote causes that are ignored, unpopular or face widespread stigma; Create stronger local communities that include those who have previously been excluded or marginalised; Improve skills, infrastructure, sustainability and collaboration within the third sector.

The National Lottery Community Fund new strategy

TNLCF has announced their new strategy, ‘It starts with community’, they said they will support what matters most to different communities by targeting delivery across our four community-led missions and focusing on where there is greatest need. They are pledging to extend grassroots funding to communities across the UK and setting a target that more than 50% of all grants will go to communities experiencing greatest poverty and disadvantage.

Upcoming Deadlines

Boots Charitable Trust

The Trust funds charities and voluntary organisations working in the areas of health, lifelong learning, community development and social care and encourages applications from organisations where their grants of up to £10,000 can make the biggest impact. Closing date 31 May

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Fund

They are looking to work with organisations for whom these aspirations are central to their vision and mission. The Arts Fund supports the long-term development and transformation of these organisations as a route towards social justice and sustainability. Amount: £90,000 to £300,000 per application. Closing date 31 May

abrdn Financial Fairness Trust

Their mission is to contribute towards strategic change which improves financial well-being in the UK. They want everyone to have a decent standard of living and have more control over their finances. They fund research, campaigning and policy work to improve the living standards and personal finances of people struggling to make ends meet. Closing date 1pm 3 June

The Co-Ownership Community Fund

This is a grants programme with a budget of £20,000 to be awarded in the 2024/25 financial year. The fund seeks to fund a project or projects which will: Help regenerate, rebuild, and revitalise neighbourhoods and communities; or support elderly or disabled people; or; provide advice and educational services to promote either financial capability, inclusion, energy efficiency or biodiversity in the community. Closing date 5pm on 3 June

The Irish-language Theatre Production and Touring Award

This is an action research project, with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI), with the objective of supporting the development, production and presentation of large-scale theatre in the Irish language to general audiences in order to ensure more people will enjoy high-quality theatre experiences in the Irish language throughout the country.  Maximum awarded is £400,000. Closing date 5.30pm 6 June.

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