Various funding sources, finishing in the next month or so, by closing date: for resilient rural communities, zoos and aquariums, church and chapel repairs and building projects, various vulnerable or disadvantaged groups, Plus a government announcement of domestic abuse funding from April, and funding for businesses to donate their surplus food through FareShare.

Prince’s Countryside Fund

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has grants of up to £10,000 available for projects from across the UK which are working to create resilient rural communities

This is a very specific fund, with the aim of supporting farming and rural communities to cope with the impact of Covid-19, to expand on new services that have emerged to support the local community during this time and to build future resilience.

Once we have received enough eligible applications which fit the parameters of the grant round, we will close the application window. (This has not happened at time of writing, but move fast!)

Find out more on the Prince’s Countryside Trust website.

The Trust also operates an Emergency Fund, which helps out around flooding incidents, etc.

UK not-for-profits interested in applying can sign up for a free grant-making webinar on Wednesday 3 March 2021 at 12 noon on the Fund’s website. The webinar is expected to set out the Prince’s Countryside Fund’s priorities for the year ahead.

Zoo Animals Fund – government

The deadline for applications to the UK Government’s £100 million Zoo Animals Fund has been extended until the 26 February 2021. The fund provides grants of up to £730,0000 to zoos and aquariums which need additional support in caring for their animals and essential maintenance following a drop in income caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding will also support rehoming costs in the event that zoos need to downsize or potentially close, and is open to those zoos which have already received support through the £14 million Zoo Support Fund.

Find out more via Gov.uk.

Various grants through the National Churches Trust

Currently four types of grants are available for churches, chapels and meeting houses (any Christian place of worship that is open for regular worship):

  • Cornerstone – grants of between £10,000 and £50,000 towards the cost of urgent structural repair projects
  • Gateway grants – between £3,000 and £10,000 towards project development and investigative work for a major project
  • Foundation grants – between £500 and £5,000 towards urgent maintenance works and small repairs identified as high priority during an inspection, or the cost of investigative works and surveys.
  • Preventative maintenance micro grants – 50% of the cost of works (excl. VAT) up to a maximum grant of £500.

For full details of the conditions for each level of grants, see the National Churches Trust website. No deadlines are given.

Near Neighbours ‘At-risk communities’ funding

Part of the Community Champions scheme, this scheme funds projects that help reach and connect with the communities that are most impacted by COVID-19. sharing public health messages, encouraging vaccine take-up, and supporting those struggling with the impacts. Find out more on the Near Neighbours website. They welcome early applications, as the grants have to be awarded by 31 March. It is not clear what the funding limits are.

Postcode Local Trust

The Postcode Local Trust for the West of England offers grants of between £500 and £20,000 for projects that benefit mental health, enable community participation in the arts, enable participation in physical activities, improve biodiversity and increase community access to green spaces, promote equality, relieve poverty, support marginalised groups and tackle climate change.

Application deadlines are 10am on 1 March, 1 April, 3 May, and so on to 1 October. The programme will close each month as soon as 100 applications have been received, so act fast on the month you choose as they are popular.

You can find out more on their website.

Green Hall Foundation

Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available to UK registered charities for the purchase of equipment or to fund projects. The next application window opens at 9am on Monday 1 March 2021 and is expected to close by 11am, once 100 applications have been received. Act fast, for this one as well.

The fund’s objective is to sustainably improve lives, particularly among the sick, the elderly, homeless, the disabled and the disadvantaged, particularly in the UK. Funding is not awarded for core costs. To apply, register (in advance) on the Foundation’s website, then complete the application form as soon as the application window opens. An example form is provided, so you can have everything you need prepared in advance, to be pasted in when the window opens.

Announcements about other funding available

Domestic Abuse services

The Government has announced and extra £40m to support victims of domestic abuse, which will be available from April. This includes:

  • £20.7 million for local, community-based sexual violence and domestic abuse services, helping to reduce the amount of time survivors have to wait for support. Male specific services will see a 60% funding increase following a significant increase in demand for support from men and boys.
  • £16 million to recruit more independent sexual violence and domestic abuse advisers – increasing their numbers by around 400 meaning more victims of all ages can access this vital support.
  • £2 million for smaller specialist organisations helping BAME, LGBTQ+ or disabled victims.
  • £1.3 million for remote and online services – allowing more victims to access support while at home. £800k of this will go to Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors (FLOWS), a digital tool that helps victims of domestic abuse to apply for emergency protection from the courts.

You can read the Government’s press statement from 1 February, here.

FareShare for businesses

If your organisation provides food for homeless people, or through a community larder, and are approaching local food providers about donating their surplus to you, you could point them in the direction of the FareShare grants to help businesses to do that. Businesses could be eligible for up to £50,000 worth of funding, and FareShare will divert the food to where it is needed. They can find out more on the FareShare website. If you want to know how you can tap into this scheme, see these pages on the FareShare website.