Future skills for prisoners

The City and Guilds Foundation are inviting bids to a new £1 million fund to help provide skills training and employment for prisoners and people with experience of the criminal justice system.

The Big Idea Fund is now inviting expressions of interest from charities, prison governors and other potential providers, with awards to be made from April 2020. It is seeking bids that aim to meaningfully reduce reoffending through personalized training and sustained employment support in innovative new ways that can be rapidly scaled up if successful.
The closing date for expressions of interest to be submitted is midday on 24 January.
Find out more on the City and Guilds website.

Digital skills for people in need

A new grants programme will be available through 2020 to organisations working towards improving basic digital skills for people in need. The Thomas Wall Trust programme aims to equip adults with basic digital skills for work and life, helping them access the online world.

Projects that link digital skills with employment opportunities, match funded projects, organisations that can provide compelling evidence if impact and organisations working with collaborative networks will be prioritized.

Expressions of interest are invited before 31 March 2020 via the Thomas Wall Trust website.


Projects to strengthen bilateral ties between the US & UK

Grants of between £2,000 and £11,500 are available for projects that strengthen bilateral links between the United States and the United Kingdom.

The United States Embassy in London’s Public Affairs Section is inviting proposals from individuals and non-governmental organisations for projects that strengthen the bilateral ties between the United States and the United Kingdom. All programs must include an U.S. cultural element or connection with U.S. experts, organizations, or institutions in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 30 June 2020. Find out more on the Grants.gov website..


Grants from the Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust

Grants of up to £20,000 are available from the Lennox Hannay Charitable Trust for registered charities in England and Wales.
More information can be found here. via the Charity Commission website.


Grants to improve the welfare of children

The Robyn Charitable Trust awards grants to registered charities in England and Wales that are working to improve the welfare of children. There is no requirement for match funding. Applications can be made in writing at any time to The Robyn Charitable Trust, 64 New Cavendish Street, London, W1G 8TB.

AB Charitable Trust

Grants in the range of £10,000 to £20,000 are available from AB Charitable Trust for charities working to support: migrants, refugees and asylum seekers; criminal justice and penal reform; and human rights, particularly access to justice. Grants are normally awarded only to charities registered and working in the UK. Individuals are not eligible for support. The trust tends to support charities with annual income between £150k and £1.5m that do not have substantial investments or surpluses. Closing date 26 January.

Find out more on the AB Trust website.


Feminist Review Trust

The Feminist Review Trust has grants of up to £15,000 available for projects that transform the lives of women. The trust can fund projects that are ‘hard to fund’, pump priming activities, interventionist projects which support feminist values, training and development projects and core funding. Full details of eligibility can be found on the trust’s website.  Closing date 31 January.

Find out more on the Feminist Review Trust website.