Funding available to support people with LD to get online (Deadline 15 March), for marine conservation, good causes in Newquay, armed forces charities, programmes diverting young people from crime, and performing arts.

Digital Lifeline Fund – SHORT DEADLINE

The Government last month announced a £2.5 million Digital Lifeline Fund that will provide devices, data and digital support to people with learning disabilities who can’t afford to get online.

The new Digital Lifeline scheme will fund 5,000 internet tablets preloaded with data and free tech support for those facing a combination of digital exclusion and increased social isolation caused by coronavirus. The first devices will be delivered from March.

Funding will also be provided for local organisations to provide support to help recipients learn how to use their device safely and confidently. Applications are welcome from organisations operating in England that support people with learning disabilities, including self-advocacy groups, community-based organisations and those that provide support to people where they live.

The minimum grant is £100 per person, with a minimum group of 10.

The deadline is 12 noon on Monday 15 March – with apologies for the short notice. Applications can be made through the Good Things Foundation website.

Sea Changers Grant Programme

One-off grants are available to UK-based marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations for projects that address specific marine conservation areas. They are particularly keen to fund grassroots projects which galvanise community action and in projects which increase the number of people taking action for marine conservation.  

  • The Small Grant Fund offers grants up to £500 – applications throughout the year and temporarily suspended due to Covid-19.
  • The Main Grant Fund offers grants up to £1,200, next closing date 31 March (also 30 September).

Full details and eligibility criteria are on the Sea Changers website.

Newquay Lottery Community Grants Scheme

The first ever round of The Newquay Lottery Community Grants Scheme is now open for applications, offering three cash grants of £500 to good causes in the Newquay area. Local groups, charities and organisations can apply, via the Radio Newquay site, which is hosting the Lottery.

The deadline is midnight 11 April.

Force for Change – new rounds announced

The Armed Forces Covenant Trust has announced three new rounds of its Force for Change programme. This year, they will support ideas that need small amounts of funding to deliver nimble and focused local projects to Armed Forces communities; or make small grants to support services, projects and activities that are used by Armed Forces communities but are struggling as a result of the impact of the Covid pandemic.

One-year grants of up to £10,000 are available for projects meeting at least one of their two priorities for 2021/22, which are:

  • Empowering Armed Forces communities to become more engaged in their local area.
  • Providing opportunities for isolated members of the Armed Forces community to take part in activities that improve general wellbeing

The deadline is 12 April, for first round applications, with others closing on 2 August and 19 November. The application process has not opened yet, but you can find out more on the ARCFT website, including downloading a template application form.

Baring Foundation Arts and Mental Health Grants Programme

Offering grants between £10,000 and £40,000 to UK arts organisations, including museums, for projects that promote the role of creativity in the lives of people with mental health problems from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The Foundation is providing two free webinars to explain the new programme, on 11 March, 4-5pm, and 23 March, 2.30-3.30pm.You can sign up via Eventbrite.

Deadline 12 noon on Wednesday 21 April.

Leche Trust

Grants of between £1,500 and £2,500 available to UK registered charities, and public authorities and institutions to support projects in the areas of the performing arts, particularly dance, music and theatre, and conservation, with an emphasis on pre-Victorian buildings, including churches, and collections.

Deadline Friday 7 May. Further information and guidance is available on the Trust’s website. The Trust does not have an application form. Instead, applicants are required to follow the guidance on the Trust’s website.

Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund exists to prevent children and young people becoming involved in violence. We do this by finding out what works and building a movement to put this knowledge into practice. Sometimes, children need another chance: alternatives to arrest, conviction and custody. Diversion programmes help them do that, whether it’s through mental health support, whole family interventions or mentoring (for example).

The question that the grant funding is aiming to answer is: Which diversion approaches work best at preventing 10 to 17-year-olds from becoming involved in violence?

The programme is aiming to fund 10-20 programmes that are ready for robust impact evaluation or could be supported to reach this point within two years. Full details of the programme, and expectations, are on the Youth Endowment Fund website.

You can download the prospectus here and sign up to take part in a workshop here. (17 March, 10-11am, and 25 March, 5-6pm).

Applications open on 19 April and close on 14 May.