The final funding update for 2020, with just a few funding opportunities. Government funding to change systems to support adults with multiple disadvantage, and to tackle loneliness, and funding for community music, and various other topics.

Changing Futures programme – Government

The Government has published its prospectus, and invited expressions of interest around its Changing Futures programme, changing systems to support adults experiencing multiple disadvantage. There is a total of £46m set aside, to improve the way that systems and services work to support individuals experiencing multiple disadvantage – including a combination of homelessness, substance misuse, poor mental health, domestic abuse, and contact with the criminal justice system.

This prospectus invites expressions of interest from areas that would like to be involved. Areas selected from this process will then be invited to develop a more detailed delivery plan in partnership with the central programme team. Selected areas will be part of a national community, sharing emerging and positive practice.

You can read the prospectus, and download the EoI form on the Gov.uk website.

The central team will be running 2 webinars on 16 December 2020 and 6 January 2021 for areas interested in applying. You can register for either of these webinars through this Eventbrite link.

Local Connections Fund – Government

Community Groups and charities that reduce social isolation will be able to apply for small grants between £300 and £2,500, from a £4m government and national lottery funding pot. These investments are designed to help local organisations bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic, and suggestions include book clubs and walking groups.

The Local Connections Fund will be split into two rounds of funding – each with its own application window, one in January 2021 and one in the summer 2021.

The programme opens on 5 January, and closes on 26 January, with the project to be finished by 31 March. You can find full details on the National Lottery Community Fund website.

Music for All Community Project grants

Grants up to £2,500 are available for community groups and schools aiming to bring musical projects to their local communities. In general, community grants are provided towards the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other aspects of projects may also be considered.

Find out more on the Music for All website. Closing date 1 February.

Porticus grants

Grants are available for various projects in the areas of climate, education, faith and society, including for core funding and salaries:

  1. Child protection – assisting organisations and institutions in becoming safe and nurturing places for children, and to support partners that meet the needs of those abused as children.
  2. Criminal justice – empowering victims and offenders to participate fully in society and to contribute positively to society’s development.
  3. Migration and human trafficking – increasing the wellbeing of vulnerable migrants and refugees, helping them flourish and participate in the common good, and to reduce trafficking and re-trafficking.
  4. Primary and secondary education and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and establishments – helping children and youth in extreme adversity develop core values and capabilities.
  5. Vital church communities – supporting Catholic Church communities to become welcoming and open, professional, accountable and engaged in social transformation.

No lower or upper limits are given, and there is no deadline. Initial approach to the funding charity must be made via an online introduction form, available on its website.