This Week's Funding News – 6th December 2021

Your weekly funding news and deadlines update from GrantTracker.


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Funding news this week

Community Finance Ireland: Sports Fund

Community Finance Ireland (previously UCIT), one of the UK’s largest providers of social finance, has already provided £7M to 70 clubs across Ireland, helping deliver new training facilities, clubhouses and state-of-the-art pitches.  The new fund will commit a further £4m to the local sporting sector over the next five years.

Peter Sowerby Foundation: Increasing Access Fund

The new Increasing Access Fund is targeted to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the Covid-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs.

  • Good Causes Fund - Good Causes funds typically areas of healthcare, social care, community, the environment and conservation, education and the arts. Grants range from small grants of a few thousand pounds to significant multi-year grants of over £100,000. More information can be found here
  • Health Breakthrough fund - Projects supported by this Fund have the potential to deliver innovation and transformation in health and social care. The grants awarded are significant in size and delivered over a number of years. More information can be found here

Weavers' Company Benevolent Fund

Weaver Company Benevolent Fund's principal aim is to support people in trouble, particularly young offenders and ex-offenders, and other disadvantaged young people. Preference is given to pump priming new projects, especially those which are innovatory and can serve as a model elsewhere. In over 40 years the fund has disbursed more than £4 million supporting many worthwhile projects.

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation

The Charitable Foundation supports registered charities based in the UK where there is clear benefit to the recipients. Donations of up to £3,000 will be considered, that enable specific tangible items or activities to be purchased rather than donating to general funds. Objectives include children (aged under 16), through their education and or welfare i.e. literacy, numeracy and reducing poverty, youth schemes and projects supporting those in their late teens or early 20s in socially deprived areas with literacy, numeracy and employment, and the elderly by reducing isolation, helping reduce the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

 The Fat Beehive Foundation: Digital Funding for Small Charities

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

Upcoming deadlines

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.

Henry Moore Foundation

The Foundation concentrates its support on sculpture. These aims are achieved through specific projects initiated by the Foundation and by giving grant aid to primarily not-for-profit organisations.

Next deadline is 9th December 2021.

Good Things Foundation: Connect Up

The Online Centres Network and Good Things are working together in the Connect Up scheme, funded by the Scheinberg Relief Fund. Connect Up will reach 17,500 older people who have been digitally and socially excluded during the pandemic and equip them with the skills needed to make and maintain meaningful connections with others.

Closing deadline is 10th December 2021.

The Finnis Scott Foundation

Provides funding for gardening, plant science, horticulture and the visual arts including the promotion of the exhibition, conservation, or study of the art of previous centuries.

Closing deadline is 4pm on 10th December 2021.

Northern Ireland Screen: Ulster Scots Broadcast Fund

The Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund (USBF) is seeking digital content projects. The projects should be aimed at supporting learning about aspects of Ulster-Scots such as language, culture and heritage.

Television Production deadline is 5pm on 13th December 2021

Articles and Resources

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