This Week's Funding News – 5th January 2022

Your weekly funding news and deadlines update from GrantTracker.

Funding news this week

DfC: Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations 2022 | NICVA

For information on upcoming Department for Communities (DfC) Covid Recovery Programme, please click link above.

Current programmes open The National Lottery Heritage Fund: Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Organisations and Covid Recovery Programme for Heritage Individuals


Programmes opening this week include:

COVID Recovery Programme for Charities & Social Enterprises

Online application portal opens 5th January 2022; closing date of 28th January 2022. Further information and documents available via the link above.


Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations

Online applications portal for the Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations (CRPAO) opens 2pm on Friday 7th January 2022 for arts and cultural organisations across Northern Ireland; deadline for all applications is 12noon on Friday 28th January 2022.


COVID Recovery Programme for Sports Organisations

The application portal will open for applications on Friday 7th January 2022 and will close for completed applications at 12 noon on Friday 28th January 2022. Further information on where to apply will be available on Friday 7th January 2022; visit above link to view presentation from recently held information session.


COVID Recovery Programme for Film Festivals and Independent Cinemas

Further funding details, including guidance notes, eligibility information and FAQs, will be available on Northern Ireland Screen website (see link above) when the programme opens on Jan 7th 2022 at 2pm.


Covid Recovery Programme for Ulster-Scots Organisations

The Ulster-Scots Agency will open online applications to a Covid Recovery Programme for Ulster-Scots Organisations from 9.00am on Friday 7th January 2022. The funding programme is open to Ulster-Scots organisations across Northern Ireland and applications will close at 5.00pm on Friday 28th January 2022 with decisions expected shortly afterwards.  


Covid Recovery Programme for Irish Language

This programme is expected to open 7th January 2022.


Other Funding News

Funding to increase access and inequalities in grassroots football

The Barclays Community Football Fund, in partnership with Sported, launches in January 2022 and will offer grants and additional support resources to grassroots groups. The small grants will be dedicated to making football more accessible and reduce inequalities in the participation of sport and physical activity with emphasis on encouraging participation in under-represented groups, girls and young people from lower socio-economic, culturally diverse communities, young people with disabilities, and young people from the LGBTQ+ community. Through the Fund, 5,550 community groups across the UK will receive grants, along with support, to develop inclusive football activities within their club. Further details will be announced in due course.

MSE Charity funding for increasing financial capability

The MSE (Money Saving Expert) Charity opens their Living with Long Term Challenges funding from 1st February until 25th February 2022. Projects focused on building financial capability skills assisting groups who support dementia, autism, learning difficulties, disabilities, caring responsibilities, mental illness, brain injury, stroke.

The Ragdoll Foundation is changing their funding priorities

Applications to the main and small grant programmes will close after the current rounds. The trustees of the Ragdoll Foundation are refocusing how grant funding is awarded.  The new priority area is still in development, but likely to support gifted young women from under-privileged backgrounds to develop their talents and skills in the arts and creative media, with a view to achieving their full potential. The final closing date for small grant applications is Friday 7 January 2022, for projects that begin in March 2022 or later. The final closing date for main grants has been brought forward to 28 February 2022, for projects where delivery begins in September 2022 or later. They are especially interested to receive main grants applications in the current round for pilot projects that address this priority.

Friends Provident Foundation pausing grants programme in early 2022

The Foundation’s programme focuses on creating a fair and sustainable economy through supporting ambitious and innovative projects. They will be pausing their programme for the consideration of new proposals for a short period from early 2022. The final deadline for new applications is January 12th 2022 and the programme will then be paused until August 2022. This break in new grant assessments is to allow them to undertake a review of their grants programme and its priorities.

WCIT Charity funding Information Technology projects – new to GrantTracker

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) fund registered charities, educational establishments or organisations with a formal not-for-profit constitution (such as a community interest company). Projects must fall under one of their four priority areas: Enhancing opportunity for young people through more effective education; Improving the quality of life for the disadvantaged, disabled or socially excluded; Helping charities and other not-for-profit organisations get the best out of IT; and Improving the understanding of IT and its capabilities to the wider public.

Upcoming deadlines

John Ellerman Foundation: Museums and Galleries

The Museums and Galleries Fund aims to help strengthen museums and galleries in the UK. We want to help organisations enhance and sustain curatorial development to attract a broader and more diverse public. The average grant size is around £90K.

Application deadline is 5pm on 7th January 2022.

The Ragdoll Foundation: Small Grants Programme

Small Grants Programme: applications up to £1,500 for innovative, arts-based small projects, pilots, or research and development to inform a new project or programme of work with children and young people.

Application deadline is 7th January 2022.

Asda Foundation Investing in Spaces and Places Grant

Investing in Spaces and Places is a new higher value Asda Foundation grant for local groups aimed at improving community spaces and places where local people can be together and thrive. The first round of Investing in Spaces and Places Grants launch in October 2021 and will be awarded in June 2022. 

Nomination deadline is 9th January 2022.

Thomas Wall Trust: Grants for Registered Charities

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 critical life skills for people from disadvantaged groups.

Deadline for 1st stage applications is 10th January 2022.

National Church Trust: Gateway (medium) Grants

The Gateway Grant Programme offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work up to RIBA planning stage 1, to support churches preparing for a major project, and in developing their project to the point at which they can approach a major grant funder. They also offers grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 to local church trusts to fund projects that support organisational development, increase their capacity to churches in their area or that deliver new ways of supporting churches in their area.

Deadline is midnight on 13th January 2022.

Articles and Resources

Recordings of the sessions held last week as part of NICVA’s #DigitalFundraising Webinar Series 2021, will be made available our the NICVA website soon.

To familiarise yourself with digital donations and online fundraising, we have produced a range of resources covering this topic and will continue to add more to support the voluntary and community sector:

Upcoming Fundraising Training

Find out about the UK’s number one online match giving platform, the Big Give in this overview Focus on a Funder: The Big Give and match funding | NICVA and book a place on their webinar Introduction to the Big Give | NICVA 19 January 2022 – 10:30am to 11:30am (Free).

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