More funding opportunities below, but to start, some funding recently announced by the Government.

Community Match Challenge

The Government has announced what is happening with a further £90m of the £750m package announced in April for the voluntary sector:

  • £85m to the new Community Match Challenge, and
  • £4.8m to support the VCSE sector through the Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership

The Community Match Challenge invites philanthropists and grant making organisations to put forward funding, which the government will match, pound for pound. Grant-making bodies are invited to apply, but the fund will only consider bids above £1m.  The main target of the fund is for grants between £5m and £20m, and this refers to funding raised between 18 July and 31 august this year.  Applications must be submitted by Sunday 2 August to: Enquiries about the programme should also be directed to this address.

We look forward to seeing this income boost to funders playing out in increased availability of funds for grassroots organisations, in due course.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Emergencies Partnership is a collection of voluntary and community sector organisations, and is co-chaired by the British Red Cross and NAVCA.

The Partnership aims to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies. They do this through coordinating and directly providing support to those in need. You can find out more about what this emergency partnership does, and what will be possible with the new funding, from the announcement, and the Partnership’s website.


Clinks funding

Voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system with under £500,000 annual income can apply now for grant funding to support their vital work during Covid-19 or to make adaptations as we look ahead towards recovery and a ‘new normal’. Clinks has opened phase 2 of its Covid-19 funding, with a closing date of 9am, 17 August. Organisations which have applied to Phase 1 may be eligible to apply again.

What will be funded

  • Activities and resources which help organisations deliver support to people in the criminal justice system during the crisis. For example, this could be additional equipment or a contribution towards a salary. We expect to provide grants of £3,000 – £5,000. No organisation will be granted more than £20,000.
  • The funding is not for activity already delivered by Community Rehabilitation Companies, but can complement them.
  • You must not already have secured funding from other sources for the same activity.
  • NEW for Phase 2: Resources which allow organisations to make long-term or permanent adaptations to their work to adapt to a ‘new normal’.

You can find full details on the Clinks website.


Peter Cruddas Foundation

This foundation aims to benefit  disadvantaged and disengaged young people (16-30) in the UK, and offer mentoring, business planning and networking,as well as financial support.

Priority funding streams

  1.  Pathways/support for young disadvantaged or disengaged people in the age range 16 to 30 into education, training or employment
  2. Work experience/skills projects for young people aged 16 to 30
  3. Youth work in London particularly evening work for disadvantaged young people aged 16 to 30

The next funding round closes on 1 September.  You can find more details of what can be supported, and apply online, on the Foundation’s website.


NFU Mutual fund

The NFU Mutual Community Giving Fund is offering grants up to £1,000 for community initiatives and charitable events that are local to the business operations of NFU Mutual across the UK. (There are 5 in Cornwall, so I think that we count!)

Application deadlines – 30 September, 1 December.

Priority will be given to requests that are supported by NFU Mutual staff members or one of the NFU Mutual local branch offices and applicants that have not previously received a NFU grant. Grants should be used for specific project costs, such as purchasing an item of equipment or furniture, or something that will help people over a long period of time.

There is no match-funding requirement. The trust awards under four areas of interest:

  • Connecting the community; reducing social isolation, providing opportunities, and encouraging resilience
  • Providing care and support to vulnerable members of our community
  • Relieving poverty; improving the health and wellbeing of our communities
  • Advancing education and experiences for young people

You can find out more, and apply, on the NFU Mutual website.


The Claire Milne Trust

The Trust supports charities in the South West of England working to improve the lives of people with a disability, with a preference for funding charities in Devon and Cornwall. The Trust is currently inviting applications for its next funding round, which has a deadline of 21 September. 

The Trust will only support charities and organisations who recognise that safeguarding is everyone’s business.

Find out more, and apply, via the Trust’s website.


Screwfix Foundation

Offering grants up to £5,000 for UK registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, including Community Interest Companies. Applications may be made at any time, and are reviewed three-monthly (next in August).

Funding can be used for organisations to fix, repair, maintain and improve properties and community facilities, particularly for those catering for people in need. Building can be homes or community buildings and other buildings in deprived areas or for those in need, and can include repairing run-down buildings and decorating the homes of people living with illness and disability. All building projects must show that they are environmentally friendly.

Find out more, and apply, on the Screwfix website.