This Week's Funding News w/c 19th April 2021

Some Updates for This Week

TESCO : Community Grants (Previously TESCO Bags of Help)

Since 2016 the scheme (managed by Groundwork UK) has supported over 36,000 charities and community groups with more than £85million in grants for local community projects across the UK, helping to fight holiday hunger, tackle mental health, support young people, host community events etc.  

The National Lottery Community Fund (UK Office): Bringing People Together

This programme aims to strengthen and deepen the social fabric of communities across the UK by providing grants of up to £300,000 in total for up to two years for projects that will build stronger connections across communities, and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections.  This is funding from their UK Portfolio where they explore new approaches, experiment with how to do things differently, and look to fund work that is more future focussed. 

James Tudor Foundation

Established for the relief of sickness.  It operates primarily within the UK and prefers applications from organisations that have been established for at least two years and that are UK registered charities or UK charitable incorporated organisations. They will also consider applications from UK registered charities for overseas projects for the relief of human sickness. 

Community Foundation for NI: Telecommunity Fund

Managed by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, the Telecommunity Fund was established with capital from BT, management and unions. It exists to support small, locally based grass roots community projects across NI.   It prioritises work with young people, older people and people with disabilities. Grants range from £500 to £2000.

Edge Fund

Supports work that challenges abuses of power and aims to bring an end to the systems that cause injustice. This could be our economic system, our political system or any system that discriminates against people based on their identity or background (e.g. class, ability, gender, race, nationality, religion, sexuality, age or other factors).  Funds small groups that struggle to get funding elsewhere, particularly if other funders might consider them to be too radical. Grants of up to £3000 are available.

Vodafone UK Foundation

Supports projects that use technology to deliver public benefit, through four core pillars of activity: Connected Learning, Connected Health, Connected Living, and Apps. Funds projects around the world that are run in partnership with other charitable organisations & NGOs. Since 1991, the Vodafone Foundation has contributed over £560 million to charitable activities worldwide. 


Some Key Dates for This Week

Comic Relief (Via Muslim Charities Forum): The Global Majority Fund (Application Deadline 5.00pm, 30 Apr 2021)

The Global Majority Fund was launched by Comic Relief in early 2021.  Muslim Charities Forum (MCF) as an Intermediary Partner for Comic Relief is now managing applications for UK- based organisations who work with communities facing racial inequality within the UK.  MCF has now opened the funding application process for small-medium organisations to apply for project or core costs for up to £10,000.  

The United States Embassy London: Small Grants Programme (Application Deadline: 17:00 BST 30 Apr 2021)

The United States Embassy and Consulates in the United Kingdom offers small grants for outreach activities that enhance the understanding of the United States in the United Kingdom.  

Victoria Homes Trust (Application Deadline, 30 Apr 2021)

NI-based funder which funds only registered charities in NI.​ Aims to assist the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people under 21 years of age. The Trust's policy is to provide small grants in support of local projects which benefit children and young people.

Architectural Heritage Fund: Project Viability & Project Development Grants (Application Deadline 30 Apr 2021)

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) can provide grants to help with assessing the viability of a capital project involving a building, or to help fund development costs.  Grants of £7500 to £15,000 are available.

Education Authority: Planned Intervention Funding (Closing Date 4pm, 30 Apr 2021)

Funding  of up to £6000 from The Executive Office (TEO) for projects aimed at young people in interface areas and areas where there is the potential of heightened social unrest during the summer period, particularly on weekend evenings and during the traditional times of community events.


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