This Week's Funding News – 29th November 2021

Your weekly funding news and deadlines update from GrantTracker.

#DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021

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Funding news this week

Rural Community Network: Ours to Share Grant Programme

The ‘Ours to Share’ grant programme is for rural community groups/organisations in Northern Ireland who are interested in developing heritage projects in rural areas. Grants for up to £1,000 and £5,000 are available. This grant programme has been created to help support rural communities in developing and delivering heritage projects that will bring people together to celebrate our diverse heritage.

Northern Ireland Housing Executive: Sustaining Tenancies Funding Programme 2021-2024

The Housing Executive is launching the Sustaining Tenancies Funding Programme 2021-2024. The fund will support their tenants in creating more resilient, sustainable tenancies in the short, medium and long term. They particularly want to help vulnerable customers at greater risk of tenancy breakdown. They aim to invest £1.5 million in the voluntary and community sector through grants between £5k and £50k for this purpose. Expression of Interest deadline 9th December 2021

Tree Council’s two funding schemes open now

The Tree Council has funds available to assist schools, community groups and member Tree Warden Networks proposing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects over winter annually, preferably during National Tree Week: Tree Council: Trees and Hedgerows for Wildlife & Biodiversity Fund and the Branching Out Fund. Projects must involve children and/or young people up to the age of 21 in the planting, and ideally the planning of the project, and that thought and care has gone into how it will enhance biodiversity in your local area.

The Circular Future Fund: The Million Pound Challenge

In partnership with Hubbub, the John Lewis Partnership is launching a £1 million fund to support trailblazing ideas and innovations that can accelerate the transition towards a more circular economy. Whether it's rethinking waste with new products or materials, finding creative ways to shift consumer mindsets or developing new business models and services, they’d like to hear from you. The fund will provide grants between £150,000-£300,000.

Rosa: Rise Fund

Rosa’s Rise Fund provides organisational development funding for Black and minoritised-led women’s and girls’ organisations. Through this fund, they are offering two-year grants of up to £40,000 to Black and minoritized led women’s and girls’ organisations in the UK which have been established for three years or more, and which have an average income of less than £100,000 per year. With the funding they have raised to date, they expect to be able to support between 25 and 30 organisations across the UK. 

Upcoming deadlines

Hospital Saturday Fund

Set up in 1873, The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered Charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for: (1) individuals with a medical condition or disability who would benefit from assistance with the purchase of specialised equipment or from practical forms, and (2) of treatment registered health charities such as hospitals, hospices, medical organisations who are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training within the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.

Deadline for Large Grants up to £10,000/€13,500 is 1st December 2021

Community Foundation for NI: Brockaghboy Community Benefit Fund

The Brockaghboy Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund aims to provide financial support towards the development of locally-beneficial community-based projects and initiatives within a 7 km radius of Brockaghboy wind farm, Swatragh, County L/derry as per map.

Closes 1pm on 3rd December 2021

Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund

The Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund is to ensure that the heritage, culture and language of Ulster-Scots is expressed through moving image. As a support to the primary aim, the USBF is also open to supporting radio content produced for BBC Radio Ulster; other local commercial stations and/or community radio. There are currently three application calls open: Digital Content Language Production, Drama Development, and Television Production.

Closing date for Digital Content Language Production and Drama Development is 5pm on 3rd December 2021; closing date for Television Production is 5pm on 13th December 2021.

BBC Appeal Broadcasts

The BBC broadcasts charitable appeals as a public service in order to provide authoritative information and guidance about charities; raise money for good causes and encourage giving and; raise awareness about charities' work. They hope to inspire charities to share stories with listeners and viewers under four appeals: Regular network broadcast appeals for individual UK-based charities, Specific fundraising initiatives such as BBC Children in Need Appeal Night, Red Nose Day, etc., Appeals on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), and Appeals for charities working in Northern Ireland and the English regions.

Next closing date is 23:59 on 6th December 2021

Community Foundation for NI: Tyrone Three Community Benefit Fund

This local community fund, set up by Energia Renewables, provides funding for local groups from the areas surrounding the Tyrone 3 Windfarms at Altamuskin, Eshmore and Gortfinbar. 

Closes 1pm on 6th December 2021.

Articles and Resources

Find out about the UK’s number one online match giving platform, the Big Give ahead of their upcoming webinar in the New Year (details below)

Focus on a Funder: The Big Give and match funding | NICVA

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