This Week's Funding News 8th March 2021

Some Updates for This Week

The Prospectory: I've Got An Idea Fund

I’ve got an idea” is a micro fund for individuals (or small groups or organisations) who have a novel technical idea which they want to try out.  Grants of £250 to £5000 are available.

Fermanagh Trust: Grant to Give Back Fund  {Closing 19th March)

This pilot youth led initiative sees 5 young apprentices who are part of the Fermanagh Trust’s ‘Grant Maker Apprentice Programme’ inviting local organisations to apply for £4000 worth of funding through their “Grant To Give Back” fund.  Funding is available for projects relating to young people’s mental health, local poverty and anti-social behaviour.

Charities Aid Foundation: Patient Organisations Recovery Fund {Closing Midday, 22nd March)

This fund aims to enable patient organisations in the UK to continue their vital work despite the pressures facing the sector as a result of the pandemic.  The fund offers unrestricted grants of between £5,000 and £20,000, up to a maximum of 25% of your budgeted core staff costs and overheads for 2021/22 financial year.

The National Lottery Community Fund (UK Office): Climate Action Fund (Initial Application Deadline, 5pm, 8th April)

CAF is part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s Environment Strategy. This second funding round offers £8 million to 10 million to support medium-scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption. Their focus remains on place-based, community-led partnerships that will make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

The National Lottery Community Fund: Growing Great Ideas

Supporting transformational and long-term change, they’re looking to fund visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. The minimum grant size is £150,000. The minimum length is two years and funding can be for up to ten years in some circumstances.

Patagonia: Environment Grants

Patagonia supports environmental organizations with bold, direct-action agendas and a commitment to long-term change. Their typical grant size varies from program to program, but generally ranges between $5,000 and $20,000.

Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust makes grants to support people with a learning disability after they reach normal school leaving age, to learn skills to help them live more independent lives.

William and Jane Morris Fund: Church Conservation Grants

This church conservation scheme awards grants of £500 to £5000 to churches, chapels and other places of worship in the UK for the conservation of decorative features and monuments, but not structural repairs. 


Some Key Dates for This Week

The Skinners' Company: The Lady Neville Charity (Next Closing Date 12th March)

Provides capital grants for Arts and Heritage projects (UK wide), and any charitable activity in key areas of Company interest (specific London boroughs and West Kent). Grants of up to £1,000 are available for capital items.

Sea-Changers: 2021 Coastal Fountain Fund (Closing Date 15th March)

The fund aims to reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats by funding communities to purchase water drinking fountains and install them for use by the public in busy or environmentally important areas.  Grants of up to £2,000 are available, per applicant, towards the cost of a fountain.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council: Sports Facility Capital Grant (Submission Deadline, Midday, 15th March)

Contributions of up to 50% of the costs to support and maintain the capital infrastructure of a Sports and Recreation facility. Threshold: £30,000 - £100,000.

Ulverscroft Foundation (Next Application Deadline 15th March)

Supports projects (both UK and overseas) which have a positive effect on the quality of life of visually impaired people, or people with a print disability.  Applicants need not necessarily be a charity: they can be a CIC or social group. The Ulverscroft Foundation supports a wide range of grants eanging from around £100 to £500,000.


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