This Week's Funding News 8th February 2021

Some Updates for This Week

The Swimathon Foundation: COVID-19 Relief Fund (Opened 1st February)

The Swimathon Foundation has opened a second Covid-19 Relief Fund to again offer grants of £250 to £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing continued financial hardship from the effects of Covid-19, especially where access to financial support has not been available. These range from National Governing Body Affiliated Swim Clubs, Aquatic Clubs and Swim Schools to Independent Swimming Organisations

The Prince’s Countryside Fund:  Barclays 100x100 UK Covid-19 Community Relief Fund

Grants of up to £10,000 for projects from across the UK working to create resilient rural communities. This is a very specific fund, with the aim of supporting farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council: Covid-19 Community Support Grant 3rd Call 2020-21

A third call for Covid-19 Community Support Grant applications opened on 1st February 2021 and closes at noon on 19th February 2021. Applications are invited under three themes as follows:

  • Theme A – Remote learning resources (Feb-Mar 2021)
  • Theme B – Covid Response (Aug 2020 – Jan 2021)
  • Theme C – Connecting Those Most Isolated (Feb-Mar 2021)

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council: Covid-19 Tranche 3 Grant Aid Programme

This is a grants fund to support local communities during the current pandemic under the three themes of Food Distress, Financial Distress and Connectivity. All funding awarded must be spent between 1 February - 31st March 2021. Up to £2,000 is available.  Only those church and community/voluntary groups who have not received any Covid-19 grants from Council to date can apply to the grant aid scheme

The Henry Smith Charity - Strengthening Communities

The Strengthening Communities programme provides grants of £20k to £60k per year for 1-3 year projects for small charitable organisations working at grassroots level targeting places that are economically marginalised and affected by poverty.  They fund established organisations with a track record of delivering services directly to beneficiaries - organisations that are embedded within their communities and are addressing local needs.

Wellcome Trust: The Ideas Fund

The Ideas Fund is a grants programme run by the British Science Association and funded by Wellcome, which enables the UK public to develop and try out ideas that address problems related to mental wellbeing. They're offering early stage grants of up to £25,000 and larger grants of around £90,000 in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, Hull, North West Northern Ireland, and Oldham.

Some Key Dates for This Week

Souter Charitable Trust (Application Deadline for February Meeting, 19th February)

Assists UK registered charities with projects engaged in the relief of human suffering in the UK and overseas – particularly, but not exclusively, those promoting spiritual welfare. Small grants may also be awarded for gap year / short term projects which extend to at least one calendar year.

Derry City & Strabane District Council: Artist & Cultural Practitioner Fund (Closing 3pm, 19th February)

Derry City and Strabane District Council provide grants to support independent Artists, theatre makers and arts organisations in the creation and dissemination of new artistic work, commission quality local and international artists to create artworks linked to learning opportunities for programmes and events with the aim of inspiring audiences and practitioners.

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council: Northern Ireland Centenary Events Fund (Closing 4pm, 19th February)

A grants fund to support local community/voluntary groups wishing to deliver projects/events that reflect on their past, celebrate their centenary and inspire future generations. This may include art/photographic exhibitions/installations, planting schemes, historical talks and tours, street parties, tea dances, church services, film screenings or community celebration events. Up to £1,000 available.

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You can see ALL current and paused COVID-19 funding schemes on NICVA's constantly updated COVID-19 Fundraising Hub