Community Resilience Fund

 Devon and Cornwall Police launched the Community Resilience Fund in August 2018 in Partnership with Devon County Council and other Authorities. The fund is designed to support local projects within Devon, Plymouth, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

The fund gives a contribution of up to 50% of a funding target (max £5,000) to benefit vulnerable local people, tackle social isolation, build local capacity and resilience, and supporting community safety.  You can find out more by clicking below to download the leaflet, and access the fund via the Crowdfunder website.

Online workshops are offered to support organisations interested in applying. The first webinar will be on 17 September, at 12pm. For more information, and to book, see Eventbrite.

Social Enterprises Support Fund Round 3

The National Lottery Community Fund’s programme to support social enterprises affected by the coronavirus will open today, and close on 17 September. This is the last chance to apply to this pot of funding, which aims to provide support for 6 months to social enterprises whose trading income has been adversely affected. The funding can be used to meet additional demands, change the way they work, make spaces COVID-secure and manage liquidity.

Social enterprises may apply for grants between £10,000 and £300,000, though most are below £50,000.

To apply visit the Social Enterprise Support Fund website.

LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Fund from Comic Relief

Grants up to £15,000 are available for grassroots, locally based grassroots UK organisations that are supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (or questioning) (LGBTQ+) community through and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Application deadlines:

  • Level 1: Micro grants of up to £500 or £1,000 – deadline 5pm on Tuesday 22 September
  • Level 2: Small grants of up to £5,000 – deadline 5pm on Tuesday 22 September
  • Level 3: Medium grants up to £10,000 – deadline 5pm on Wednesday 30 September
  • Level 4: Large grants of up to £15,000 – deadline 5pm on Wednesday 30 September

The fund is being administered by METRO, and you can access the application information on their website. There are different forms for the different sizes of grant.

Football Foundation Matchday Support Fund

Grants up to £20,000 to help men’s and women’s football clubs in England and Wales prepare for the safe return of football, following COVID-19.

English National League System Clubs (Steps 1-6), Welsh Premier League Clubs and FA Women’s Pyramid Clubs (Tiers 1-5) may apply for a grant. Eligible clubs must have a minimum of 12 months’ security of tenure over their stadium for the 2020/21 season by freehold, leasehold or licence, and have the responsibility for operating it on matchdays. Alternatively, they must have a groundshare agreement for the entirety of the 2020/21 season.

Different sizes of grant are available depending on the tier at which the club plays. For full details, see the Football Foundation website.

Deadline 5pm, 16 November.

Community Justice Fund

Grants are available for specialist social welfare legal advice organisations to cope with the immediate impact of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and lay the foundations for longer-term renewal. Rough guidance states grants between £25,000 and £75,000 but these are indicative, and exceptions can occur.

 The first wave of funding will close for applications at 5pm on 18 September 2020.

Until then, applications are assessed on a rolling weekly basis and organisations are encouraged to apply early in the week if they wish to be considered in the following week.

Find out more on the Community Justice Fund website.

The Art Fund Respond and Reimagine Grants

Grants are available to help UK museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the COVID-19 crisis. Grants between £10,000 and £50,000 are available, with the Art Fund considering up to 100% funding if necessary.

The funding is intended to help museums, galleries and cultural organisations respond to immediate challenges connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, and offer support to adapt and reimagine ways of working for the longer-term future.

The grants can provide practical support to fund what applicants need now. If an organisation is experiencing an immediate crisis with no alternative sources of funding, The Art Fund can consider offering emergency support to help organisations manage during this difficult period.

Deadline for this third and final round is 12 October.

Find out more on the Art Fund website.

Enterprise Development Programme

The Enterprise Development Programme offers grant and learning support for charities and social enterprises looking to increase their sustainability by becoming more enterprising. It is currently focused on supporting 3 specific sub-sectors, of which Mental Health is one of them and is open for applications at the moment.

This programme is focused on enabling VCSEs to generate income from selling products or services, so it is not relevant for all Mental Health VCSEs.

2-step application process – Expression of Interest, via a form, closes 25 September.

Full allocation stage if you pass the first stage, closes 8 October.

Equality applications – open 15 September, close 29 October for Expression of Interest

Homelessness and Youth were part of the pilot project, and other sectors will be added into the project between now and at least 2024. For more information, see the Enterprise Development Programme website.