More funding sources for across the Sector, for mental health, sports organisations, heritage organisations, community businesses, communities wishing to take over their local pub, loneliness in older people, c disadvantaged children and young people, the arts (for organisations, communities and individuals), and families in severe poverty.

**Late addition to the page (3rd, 5 pm)

Mental Health Sustainability Programme Small Grants Programme

Association of Mental Health Providers is pleased to announce the launch of the small grants fund as part of the Mental Health Sustainability Programme. This fund will be used to provide grants of up to £5,000 to support the sustainability of mental health voluntary, community and social enterprise provider organisations, with a turnover of £25-500k.

The focus will be for things that can affect the sustainability of an organisation, specifically those that are supporting the mental health and wellbeing of communities disproportionately impacted by Covid-19; with a focus on organisations that are led by and/or are supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic communities. They will also be considering applications from organisations supporting other disadvantaged groups such as the homeless community, those in contact with the criminal justice system, children and young people, women and girls, victims of domestic violence etc.

Short deadline – 13 December, 11.59pm. Find out more on the website.

The Rural Services Network publishes a regular monthly update of funding sources, many from Government and big funders, which you can find here. These are some of the highlights:

Return to Play Fund

There are three parts to this new fund. Two have been adapted from pre-coronavirus funds, with one extended, and all three will now focus on supporting a safe return to play.

  • Return to Play: Small Grants – makes awards of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of £10m, to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. Following national restrictions in November, it also offers up to £2,000 awards towards the running costs of organisations supporting the most deprived communities.
  • Return to Play: Community Asset Fund – makes awards of between £10,001 to £50,000, from a pot of £5m, to help local sports clubs and organisations adapt and open important places and spaces to help their local community return to play safely.
  • Return to Play: Active Together – is a crowdfunding initiative that can match fund, up to £10,000, successful Crowdfunder campaigns from a pot of £1.5m. The partnership with Crowdfunder also includes advice, guidance and training to help create a successful campaign.

Deadlines unclear. See their website for details.

Sport England has also committed another £1m as match funding through crowdfunder schemes, to combat the impact of COVID-19 on sports clubs and community sct6ivity groups. See their website here.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has resumed accepting small and medium project funding applications and launched an interest free loans pilot.

National Lottery Grants for Heritage (grants of £3,000 to £10,000 and £10,000 to £100,000): Resilience and inclusion project funding to support organisations working with heritage to adapt and respond to the changing environment they are now operating in. Open to projects that:

  • Support organisations working with heritage to adapt and recover in the continuing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, or
  • Are focused on inclusion, led by and/or engaging diverse groups typically under-represented in heritage.

Deadline 14 February. See their website for details, including info about loans.

Thriving Communities Fund – National Academy for Social Prescribing

The Thriving Communities Fund will support local voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise projects that bring together place-based partnerships to improve and increase the range and reach of available social prescribing community activities – especially for those people most impacted by COVID19 and health inequalities.

Funded activities will increase social connectedness and help communities cope with the impact of COVID19. By working with those communities most impacted by the COVID19 pandemic, including Black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, the projects we will fund will help to:

  • strengthen the range of social prescribing activities offered locally
  • enhance collaboration and networking between local organisations
  • enable social prescribing link workers to connect people to more creative community activities and services.

Grants of between £25,000-£50,000 are available. Projects within the Thriving Communities Fund will run for a year including planning and delivery time. They are expected to commence on 15 March 2021, and end on 31 March 2022.

Deadline 8 January. See their website for details.

Community Business Renewal scheme – Power to Change

Power to Change has launched the Community Business Renewal Initiative, a package of support for community businesses, in response to the covid-19 crisis. The support package includes the £3 million Community Business Renewal Fund, providing unrestricted grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 (this Fund will have two further application rounds each open for 3 hours on the following dates: 12 January and 2 March 2021).

They will also be opening two match-funding programmes to support community businesses with fundraising. The package includes tailored support for community businesses, to protect community-owned assets and increase community business leader’s knowledge, assist with wellbeing and equip them with the skills to boost their business.

Deadlines: various. See their website for details.

More than a Pub programme – Plunkett Foundation

The More than a Pub programme provides business development support to enable the community control of pubs in both rural and urban communities across England.

Funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and led by the Plunkett Foundation, the More than a Pub programme has taken over 800 enquiries and supported 58 pubs into community control. During the covid-19 lockdown the MTAP programme provided small grants to around half of the community pubs in England.

Combined finance packages of up to £100,000 are available (£50,000 loan and £50,000 grant) to help community groups secure control of their local pub.

Deadline: when the funding runs out, likely this month, according to their website. See their website for details.

Masonic Charitable Foundation

Later Life Inclusion Grants

The Later Life Inclusion grants programme is open to local and national charities that are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.

Smaller charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000 can currently apply for a small grant. They are to fund overhead costs. Small grants range from £500 to £15,000 and can be awarded over one to three years.

Deadline 23 December. See their website for details.

Children & Young People Grants

This programme is open to national and local charities helping disadvantaged children and young people to overcome the barriers they face.

Charities whose annual income does not exceed £500,000 can currently apply for a small grant. These grants are unrestricted. Small grants range from £1000 to £15,000 and can be awarded over one to three years.

Deadline 23 December. See their website for details.

National Lottery Project Grants – Arts Council England

The Arts Council has reopened this fund with a budget of £59.8 million available until April 2021. They have prioritised reopening this programme to help fund independent organisations, creative practitioners and freelancers as quickly as possible.

Grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 are available.

Deadline April 2021. See their website for details.

Emergency Essentials Programme – BBC Children in Need

Family Fund Business Services are working in collaboration with BBC Children in Need to deliver the Emergency Essentials programme supporting children and young people living with severe poverty as well as additional pressures such as domestic violence, disability or poor health in the family.

The programme can deliver or fund critical items such as:

  • Gas or electric cookers
  • Essential household items
  • Furniture and kitchen equipment
  • Children’s beds and bedding
  • Washing machines
  • Fridges and freezers
  • Baby equipment
  • Clothing in exceptional or emergency situations.
  • NOT laptops, iPads and toys & games as this funding pot has been exhausted.

Applications must be completed by a registered referrer who is part of an organisation that is supporting the family or young person and capable of assessing their needs.

There does not seem to be a deadline, but the funding pot may be limited. See their website for details.

And finally, initial details if the Government’s Levelling Up funding have been announced. You can read a brief analysis on the GRIN website.