Funding News wc 7 December 2020

New & Updated Funds

Children in Need main and small grants

Main (over £10,000) and Small( under £10,000)  Grants programmes are for not-for-profit organisations applying for grants of up to three years. For organisations working with children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect, any kind of disability, behavioural or psychological difficulties and/or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. Deadline 21 December 2020.

Sport NI: Sports Sustainability Fund

The purpose of this Sports Sustainability Fund is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID 19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It will provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain sports core governing bodies of sport; enabling them to withstand the worst impacts of Covid19. The Sports Sustainability Fund will only accept applications from a Recognised governing body of sport. This fund will close for completed applications at 3pm on 11 January 2021.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage

Resilience and inclusion project funding to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in. They are accepting applications for grants from £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000 for projects that: Support organisations working with heritage to adapt and recover in the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis; or are focused on inclusion, led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage (for example, young people, minority ethnic and LGBT+ communities, disabled people and people from lower socio-economic backgrounds).

COVID-19 Charities Fund Phase 2 (Awaiting full details this week)

In its first phase the Fund allocated £8.8m to applicants. A further round will now be opened to applications from charities impacted by the pandemic. This additional funding will provide vital support to charities whose fundraising and trading has stopped or been curtailed because of this pandemic. The Covid-19 Charities Fund has a remaining budget of £6.7m, but this will be increased by £5m to £11.7m to ensure charities are supported.


DfC VCSE COVID Recovery Fund - closing 11 December

On behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Rural Community Network is managing the VCSE Covid Recovery Fund.  This fund has a total value of over £3 million and aims to provide additional funding to VCSE organisations to procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and other items to enable the re-opening and continued delivery of vital community services.

Belfast City Council: Community Recovery Support Grants  - Micro Grants Closing 11th December, Medium Grants Closing 18th December

Funded by Belfast City Council, Department of Communities, The Executive Office and Belfast District Policing Community Safety Partnerships, two new grant schemes to help communities continue to address challenges related to the impact of COVID-19.  Funding is for constituted groups to deliver programmes and project activity focused on COVID response in their local areas. The COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund Microgrant  is up to £1500, with the COVID-19 Community Recovery Support Fund Medium Grant up to £5000.

Volant Trust: Covid response fund – closing 31 December

The Volant Trust accepts applications from charities in the UK and internationally that demonstrate a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE will also be considered.

The Fat Beehive Foundation – closing 31 December

They fund charities with an average income of less than £1 million a year. They provide highly specialised grants up to £2500. They provide small grants for websites and digital products to other small UK registered charities.

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