Funding for outdoor water bottle refill stations, improving outcomes for prison leavers, electric vehicle infrastructure, and various other vulnerable groups.

Coastal Fountain fundSea Changers

Grants up to £2,000 for UK not-for-profit organisations to install a water bottle refill station in a busy or environmentally important coastal location.

Applicants should already have permission in place for the water fountain’s placement from the landowner and to have explored issues that relate to the ongoing maintenance of the fountain and water testing (for example, with the local water company).

Projects will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Need and impact – fountains should be placed in areas which have significant public use/a lot of littering and/or are of particular environmental importance or status
  • Sustainability
  • Value for money
  • Viability to be operational within 2021

Deadline 15 March 2021, find out more on the Sea Changers website.

Prison Leavers Partnership bids – Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has announced that the first round of the Local Leadership and Integration Fund will open on Monday 8 February 2021. The MoJ is asking local organisations to come together in partnership to submit proposals for new and innovative approaches which will improve outcomes for prison leavers in their local area. The competition will be open for applications for six weeks until Monday 22 March 2021. Successful pilots will run for a period of 18 months, and the maximum amount of grant funding available for a single bid will be capped at £1 million. 

Please register via the Ministry of Justice portal where you will be able to access further information, guidance and the documents required to submit a bid here.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure – Dept of Transport

The government offers grants to support the wider use of electric and hybrid vehicles via the Office of Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV). This can be:

  • Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (75% of funding for domestic properties)
  • Workplace Charging Scheme (voucher scheme, for workplaces, including charities)
  • On-street Residential Chargepoint scheme (for councils)

You can find full details of all aspects of the scheme on the Gov.uk website.

Allan and Nesta Ferguson Charitable Settlement

A funder of educational causes in the UK and overseas, providing small, medium and large grants (over £50,000) to UK registered charities for projects in the UK or overseas that advocate education, friendship and understanding, and world peace and development.

Match funding is expected, UK charities and Universities may apply, and funding is also provided for gap-year students looking to work abroad for a year.

Deadline Sunday 28 February 2021 for grants over £50,000; applications for small and medium grants under that may be made at any time. Full details available on the Trust’s website.

Hilden Charitable Fund

Project and core grants around £5,000 for small UK registered charities and Community Interest Companies working in the areas of asylum seekers and refugees, disadvantaged young people aged 16-25, homelessness and penal affairs. Hilden also supports community development, education and health initiatives that benefit women and girls overseas.

The Fund also operates a summer play scheme fund, which will open later in the year.

Deadline Friday 16 April 2021. Find more details on the Fund’s website.

The J E Posnansky Charitable Trust

Offering grants generally between £500 and £5,000 for UK registered charities working in the areas of health, humanitarianism, Jewish causes, social welfare and general charitable purposes. 

Enquiries, which may be made at any time, should be by a letter of introduction in the first instance. The Trust does not maintain a website. Further information about its work is available on the Charity Commission website. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has a useful article on “How to Write More Effective Fundraising Letters, which you can find on its website).