Funding opportunities for – engaging people in ecology, encouraging young people in volunteering, tech for good, teaching swimming, or financial awareness to children, and peace, security, and sustainability.


British Ecological Society – Outreach Grants

Deadline 20 March

Grants up to £2,000 to individuals and groups that are able to organise public engagement events in ecology, including

  • Members of the BES
  • Researchers
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Community groups

Projects must be consistent with at least two of the following objectives:

  • Increase public understanding of, and engagement with, ecology.
  • Stimulate discussion about ecology and its implications for society.
  • Inspire and enthuse people of all ages about the science of ecology, especially those not previously interested.
  • Develop skills in communicating the science of ecology.

For more information, see the British Ecological Society website.


Alec Dickinson Trust

Grants of up to £500 to support volunteering projects in the UK that are run by young people, aged under 30, and address a need in the local community. Particular interest will be given to projects that promote and encourage volunteering among young people.

Deadline 25 March.

For more information, see the Alec Dickinson Trust website.


Comic Relief Tech for Good grants

Grants up to £48,000 to organisations with a turnover between £75k and £10m per annum.  In addition to the funding, grant recipients will receive expert support and advice as well as the chance to collaborate and share learning.

Deadline 25 March

The funding is intended to to support not-for-profit organisations that are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective.

This is an opportunity for not-for-profit organisations that already have some technological capacity to take their digital innovation projects forward to create social change by delivering new ideas or more effective services.

Projects should address one of Comic Relief’s four core issues:

  • Children Survive and Thrive
  • Global Mental Health Matters
  • Fighting for Gender Justice
  • A Safe Place to Be.

Comic Relief is also looking for applications that address challenges around disability and inclusion.

For full details, see the Comic Relief website.


Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust

Funding awarded under 5 headings:

  • Peace and Security
  • Power and Accountability
  • Rights and Justice
  • Sustainable Future
  • Northern Ireland

Applications under all 5 headings (and those which cut across more than one) are invited by 9am on 25 March.

Grant limits are hard to find on the website, but full details of the priorities under all these headings, as well as exclusions can be seen there.


The Fiver Challenge

Registrations open in March for the Fiver Challenge, which is an interactive, fun way of introducing financial education, enterprise and the world of work to primary school pupils, as they aim to make as much profit as possible from £5 in four weeks.

The four weeks of the challenge commences on Monday 3 June and runs to Friday 28 June, and there are intermediate competitions, such as logo design, at the end of each week.
For more information, see the Fiver Challenge website.

Schools need to register for their pupils to take part, and for the teachers to access the resources, so talk to your local school now, if you are interested in participating.


Swimathon Grant Foundation

Grants between £500 and £2,500 are available to groups and individuals who provide and promote swimming in their local community.

Deadline 3 April 2019

Organisations including community groups, swimming clubs, senior groups, youth groups, sports clubs, disability charities, scout groups and healthy living groups in the UK are eligible to apply.

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • Be a representative of, or have the support of a pool participating in Swimathon 2019.
  • Be working on a project that takes place at a Swimathon pool and have sign off from the Pool Manager or their delegated main contact for this project to take place.

For more information, see the Swimathon Grant Foundation’s website.