Following feedback from Members, we will be specifically looking for long term funding, in addition to funds targeted at the issues you have highlighted to us – digital inclusion, isolation, mental health, disadvantaged grousp. There will be other funding sources as we find them, especially unusual ones. Please let us know if there is anything you particularly need us to find.

Funding call for Skills for Growth – Advice and Guidance for employed and redundant adults

Call to run a project to provide advice and guidance to employed and redundant adults to improve progression in the labour market.

Funding of up to £1.6m is available for a project which will improve progression of adults in or into the labour market. The project will be innovative in the provision of effective independent Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) and access to vocationally-based skills activity leading to sustainable employment, including apprenticeships and traineeships, or further training/education opportunities – either for the current or future opportunities that may emerge. The additional support from this investment priority will help employees progress at work through achieving additional skills, and it will drive growth in their organisation by improving productivity and flexibility.

The funding comes from the European Social Fund (ESF) and forms part of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Programme which aims to deliver economic regeneration for the region from 2014-2020.

You can find out more on the Growth Programme website. Deadline midnight on 20 January.

National Lottery and others reopening ‘business as usual’ grants

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Community Fund have announced that they are drawing their emergency funding to a close, and will be resuming regular grant funding programmes. These include:

National Lottery Heritage Fund

National Lottery Community Fund

Sport England, the Arts Council, and other lottery operators still seem to be running their emergency response funds – we will let you know when this changes.

Youth COVID-19 Support Fund

The Government has announced preliminary details of an emergency funding package to protect the immediate future of grassroots and national youth organisations across the country. The fund will be open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, will help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open.

Further details on the Youth Covid-19 Support Fund, including eligibility and how to apply, will be announced in due course, and we will keep you informed.

Alliance Family Foundation

The Alliance Family Foundation offers grants for UK registered charities for a wide range of charitable causes, with a preference for projects that focus on education, the relief of poverty and religious activities in England, Wales, Israel and the USA.

There is no deadline, and the organisation has no website. However it is known to offer 6-8 large grants per year between £25,000 and £50,000, and a larger number of smaller grants.

You can find out more about the organisation on the Charity Commission website. Applications to be made in writing to:

Lord David Alliance CBE, Chair, The Alliance Family Foundation, Spencer House, 27 St James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NR
Tel: 0207 493 7735

UnLtd Impact Fund

The UnLtd Impact Fund offers a blended grant and loan package worth between £50,000 and £150,000 for ambitious social ventures working to improve people’s access to employment, along with practical business support.

There is no deadline, and expressions of interest are invited at any time. #

Organisations in the following areas may apply:

  • Further Education and Higher Education.
  • School leavers and apprenticeships.
  • Supporting those distant from the labour market, and
  • Unemployment and underemployment.

You can find full information on the UnLtd website.

Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, main grant programme

This programme offers grants from £30,000 with no maximum amount for 3 years or more for UK organisations that meet the Foundation’s new grant-making priorities of improving the natural world, securing a fairer future, and strengthening the bonds in communities.

There is no deadline, but you need to verify eligibility on their online checker before applying, beginning with an Expression of Interest of less than 100 words. For full details see the Foundation’s website.

Clore Duffield Foundation

This Foundation offers grants from £10,000 to upwards of £1 million for UK registered charities and local authority cultural organisations. Grants are predominantly awarded in the cultural sector, although charities working in the areas of health and social care are also sometimes supported.

There is no deadline. Grants are mostly awarded for capital redevelopments and learning space initiatives in the cultural sector (including museums, arts and cultural leadership) and less often for project, programme and revenue funding, and to the health and care sector.

You can find out more on the Foundation’s website.

Gas Safe charity funding

The Gas Safe Charity is working with Cornwall Home Solutions to reduce the causes of gas poisoning, fires and explosions and to identify problems where they occur by delivering practical assistance to vulnerable gas consumers in Cornwall. They have £9,000 to carry out 45 interventions, max £500 per houshold.

They area bel to offer repairs/servicing/testing for gas appliances and infrastructure in the home, and replacement for boilers, cookers, fires, and pipework.

To be eligible for support, people must be

  • 60 years old or over and have low household income and / or a disability
  • Under 60 and have a low household income and / or a disability, or       
  • Considered exceptionally vulnerable by Cornwall Home Solutions

For more information, contact Cornwall Home Solutions: 01872 224707, adaptationsteam@cornwall.gov.uk or see their website.

Woodward Trust

The Trust has recently reviewed its funding criteria and will now prioritise small to medium sized UK registered charities, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Community Interest Companies and exempt charities with an annual turnover of less than £200,000. Grants up to £3,000 are available towards the core running costs of organisations working in the areas of disadvantaged families, isolated children and young people, and prisoners and ex-offenders.

The next deadline is January 28. You can find out more on the Trust’s website.

** Late addition

Clinks COVID-19 support grant

Clinks is offering grants to organisations working in the voluntary sector in the criminal justice system, to support more small organisations, particular focus on organisations that are black, Asian and minority ethnic led and focussed, and those supporting people with protected characteristics.

The grants will be available to organisations with an annual income of £250,000 or less, and which are already operating in the criminal justice system, in custody, through-the-gate, or in the community.

Their detailed eligibility criteria can be found here.Closing date 4 January