This Week's Funding News wc 6th July

Urgent Updates

Community Foundation for NI: The New Needs Fund (IMPORTANT CHANGES)

NB Now offering grants of £1,000 (initially minimum grant was £3000) to £15,000 to help organisations and communities to respond better, addressing new needs appearing as a result of the Coronavirus and where restrictions mean finding new ways of meeting existing needs and #build back better, helping to ensure organisations can thrive and continue to provide longer-term support to communities.  Can now also apply for capital only., 

D-Prize  (Deadline now extended to Midnight PT - Pacific time), 13th July

 D-Prize supports new entrepreneurs who can distribute proven poverty interventions.  They will award the most promising teams with up to $20,000 USD to launch a pilot version of your new organization wherever extreme poverty exists. 

Nationwide Building Society: Community Grants (Was expected to close 29th June but extended & still open as of 5th July)

Charities, Community Land Trusts and housing co-operatives making positive changes in their local areas can apply for grants of between £10,000 and £50,000.


NB Crowdfunder is still cutting fees and have made it 100% free for social enterprises looking to raise funds through crowdfunding during the current crisis. 

New or Updated Funding Schemes

The Big Give: Christmas Challenge

The Big Give runs the UK’s biggest match funding campaign, The Christmas Challenge.  For 7 days, it offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled. It has raised millions of pounds for thousands of charity projects since it launched in 2008.

Spring Impact: Scale Accelerator Programme

Scale Accelerator helps mission-driven organisations to maximise their impact on people’s lives by offering £30,000 worth of consultancy from a dedicated team of experts.

GSK Impact Awards

Designed to recognise and reward charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.  Up to ten winners will receive £30,000, with one overall winner receiving £40,000 and up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000.  Winners will also be offered training and development valued at around £9,500 and have a film made about their work.

BIFFA Award: Funding for Partnerships Projects

Currently welcoming online Expressions of Interest for their Partnership Grants Schemes, with funding of between £250,000 and £750,000 for inspiring environmental projects that will create a significant impact, 

Closing Soon - Deadline (or may close early if funding is exhausted)

Comic Relief: No Child Goes Hungry – Community Support Programme (NB Rolling programme, but expecting high demand & may close the call for applications at very short notice.)

Grants of up to £2500 for community based food provision responses that support local families with children under the age of 10 as a result of the order to close schools and/or loss of household income as a result of the COVID-19 virus. As the closure order may run into the summer holiday period the fund is keen to support community based programmes that can provide support across this entire period.  (Managed by Community Foundation for NI)

Frugi’s Happy Childhood Fund (closing Midnight 8th July)

Every year Frugi donate 1% of their turnover to charity through their Little Clothes BIG Change charity project. Over the past 16 years they have donated more than £600,000 to worthy causes. For 2020 they aim to improve the lives of children living in poverty in the UK.  They are looking for small grass roots charities in UK communities that are supporting kids living in poverty, focussing on their three pillars: Hunger, Shelter and Nature.  NB Still time as short, online application)

The National Lottery Community Fund: COVID-19 Charities Fund (Closing 4pm 10th July)

The National Lottery Community Fund are distributing the COVID-19 Charities Fund with a grant from the NI Department for Communities. Will provide financial support to charities who have lost income due to the impact of COVID-19 and are not able to cover unavoidable costs until 30 September 2020.

Food for Life Get Togethers Small Grant (Closing 5.30pm, 10th July)

Aims to get more people eating healthily, strengthen our communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.   Offering small grants of £150 from June 2020 to April 2021 to support community led food growing, cooking and sharing activity and Get Togethers.  

Aughrim Landfill Programme (Closing Date 12 Noon, 10th July)

A partnership between Aughrim Landfill Ltd and Groundwork NI. Grants available from £5,000 to £10,000 to support projects by NI community groups working in the conservation and promotion of biodiversity projects and protection of social environment.

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