Some short-notice funding opportunities, arranged in date order, for youth organisations, supporting people to claim their tax entitlements, digital solutions for community problems, and Christmas food for those in need.

UK Youth COVID-19 Relief

Youth organisations with an income of under £250,000, that are based in, and deliver work in England, are eligible to apply for up to £50,000 from UK Youth. UK Youth has launched the £2 million Covid Relief Fund and is asking all youth organisations across England to complete a short questionnaire about the impact of Covid-19 on their organisation and the young people they support. For those that are eligible, the responses to the questionnaire will be used as their application for funding.

The grants are available to organisations that have lost funding, face the threat of closure, or had to reduce delivery or services. For applications which are successful, a grant offer will be made on 14th December 2020. The closing date is unclear, but seems to be 25 November.

Complete the questionnaire here

HMRC Grant Funding 2021-2024

Grants between £20,000 and £750,000 per year are available for the UK’s voluntary and community sector to provide advice and support to HMRC customers who require additional support to claim their entitlements, including people who are digitally excluded. The HMRC budget is £5 for the three years.

Grant proposals should include one or more of the following activities:

  1. Advice and support – providing direct advice and support for HMRC’s customers who need extra help and cannot afford to pay for it.
  2. Digital inclusion – assisting customers who are digitally excluded, to build their confidence and capability to use HMRC’s online services for themselves, and/or
  3. Specialist support and referrals – providing specialist advice and taking referrals by telephone or email from HMRC’s Extra Support teams and assisting customers who need independent advice and support with more complex tax issues, for example complicated PAYE issues, or claims for Special Relief and appeals.

HMRC is particularly interested in proposals that support customers HMRC currently finds hardest to reach, or who cannot or will not interact directly with HMRC for reasons of culture, language barriers, geography or trust.

Applicants will be expected to have an infrastructure and capability to handle in the region of 700 referrals per year and the ability to bring individual cases to conclusion. There are a number of other eligibility criteria, and capability requirements, which you can find on the website.

Closing date 27 November.

Catalyst and The National Lottery Community Fund COVID-19 Digital Response

Applications opened on 16 November for the Digital Response Fund’s Sector Challenge Programme, funding organisations within 4 sectors areas who want to help tackle key issues facing their communities as a result of Covid-19.

The four sector areas cover 12 challenge areas, for those most affected by COVID-19:

  1. Mental health and wellbeing2 challenge areas
    Challenge 1 Supportive online environments
    Challenge 2 Strengthening approaches for social prescribing
  2. Sexual abuse and domestic violence2 challenge areas
    Challenge 3 Effective online counselling services for survivors
    Challenge 4 Creating meaningful connections
  3. Early years 4 challenge areas
    Challenge 5 Reaching digitally excluded families
    Challenge 6 Creating parent centered signposts
    Challenge 7 Redefining volunteering
    Challenge 8 Supporting Black families
  4. Financial wellbeing4 challenge areas
    Challenge 9 Claiming Universal Credit remotely
    Challenge 10 Creating secure documentation sharing for people accessing debt advice
    Challenge 11 Coordinating end-to-end advice to those resolving debt issues
    Challenge 12: Coordinating end-to-end advice to those resolving debt issues

For each challenge, they are funding three charity or civil society organisations working in that area to come together with a digital partner to explore solutions using digital, data and design. Each charity will receive between £5,000 and £10,000 depending on the budget in your application.

You can find out more on the Catalyst website.

Key dates

  • Applications Open: 16th November 2020
  • Applications Close: 27th November 2020
  • Applicants Notified: Week of 14th December 2020
  • Projects Begin: 11th January 2021
  • Projects End: 26th March 2021

Asda Foundation Feeding Communities grants

Grants up to £1,000 for UK grassroots not-for-profit organisations to provide meals to people in need in the lead up to Christmas.

The grants may be used for meals that cost up to £4, and in areas near Asda stores. Applications must be made through the Community Champion in each store. (Use the storefinder to find your local Asda.)

Grants can be used for:

  • Christmas hampers (food only).
  • Christmas meal deliveries or collections.
  • Food parcel for a family or an individual.
  • Local Community Centres providing meal deliveries
  • School Holiday Clubs (food only),
  • Soup kitchens or homeless centres (food only)

Restrictions, the application form, and the guidance notes, can be found on the Asda Foundation website.

Closing date 6 December.

Inclusivity Project

The Inclusivity Project supports digital solutions for health and inclusion in the workplace. They provide grants of £1,000-2,000 to help local businesses (including charities) develop or try out new digital tools that support health and inclusion at work.

Research Themes:

  • Employee health and wellbeing
  • Use of digital, data and tech
  • Culture, engagement
  • Skills and learning
  • Management : recruitment, management, progression
  • eHealth

For more information visit the Inclusivity Project.