This Week's Funding News 15th February 2021

Some Updates for This Week

Rosa & Smallwood Trust: Women Thrive Fund

Delivered by Rosa and Smallwood Trust, the Women Thrive Fund is distributing grants of up to £40,000 to specialist women’s organisations across the UK working to enable women and girls to improve their mental health and wellbeing and/or improve their financial resilience. 

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council: COVID-19 Grant Aid

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council funded through the Department for Communities (DfC) Covid Response Fund, has launched a grants scheme for constituted community/voluntary and faith-based organisations.  The funding scheme is split into two streams:  

1. Arts, Mental Health and Wellbeing - grants of £1,000 up to a maximum of £5,000 to enable groups to make Covid-19 safe adaptations to their physical spaces and/or deliver arts resource packs and creative virtual programmes to improve access to Arts and Wellbeing activities. 

2. Volunteering Support- grants of £500 up to a maximum of £2,000 to help volunteers continue to play a vital role in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic within the local communities.

Tudor Trust Grants

UK-wide funder which particularly wants to help smaller, community-led organisations which work directly with people who are at the margins of society: organisations which support positive changes in people’s lives and in their communities. In 2019/2020 92% of their grants took the form of core funding.  No maximum or minimum grant, though it is unusual for them to make a grant of less than £10,000. 

Anchor Foundation

Supporting Christian charities concerned with social inclusion, particularly through ministries of healing and the arts. Grants range from £500 to £10,000.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Awards grants to projects both in the UK and in developing countries which address disadvantages, notably by supporting causes which are less likely to raise funds from public subscriptions. Both the UK and overseas fund policy is directed largely at supporting work at community level. 

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The largest dedicated funder of heritage in the UK. They distribute National Lottery grants from £3,000 to over £5million, funding projects that sustain and transform the UK's heritage.  COVID-19 meant a revised approach to what they will fund. They have created a supplementary document that sets out their Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage for 2021-22. This is a formal part of the programme guidance until April 2022.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Active & Healthy Communities Community Engagement

Contributions of £500-£1,500 to develop projects which will contribute to the improvement of leisure, sport, health and wellbeing, outcomes and build positive relations to develop communities to deliver improved outcomes in their local areas.

Some Key Dates for This Week

Enkalon Foundation (Closing Date, 24th February)

A local grant-making trust working in the fields of cross-community, unemployment and generally helping disadvantaged people. Historically the range of applicants covers youth groups, senior citizens clubs, charities, self help groups, animal welfare, arts and mental health groups.  Applications of up to £6000 are accepted, but the average grant is £1000. 

Building the Community Pharmacy Partnership (BCPP) (Round 40, Level 1 Closing Date 25th February 2021)

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.  Funds work which increases local people's skills, encourages community activity and self help, increases local people's understanding of health issues and encourages local people to play a role in promoting health.

Sport NI: Athlete Awards (Nomination Deadline, 4pm 26th February)

In this investment (where applicable), Sport NI will contribute to the essential personal living costs of an athlete.  Governing Bodies of sports can nominate athletes for the Athlete Awards. Applications submitted directly from athletes will not be considered.

Scott Bader: Commonwealth Global Charity Fund (Application Deadline 26th February)

Global Charity Fund to help young or disadvantaged people, especially anyone suffering deprivation and discrimination, such as poor, homeless and vulnerable women and children, minority communities, particularly where people are affected by: poverty, a lack of education, malnutrition and disease.  They recommend that first time applicants only apply for between £2000-£4000. 

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