Funding by order of closing date: microgrants to benefit families, for the arts and the environment, for youth clubs to cover the cost of COVID, to develop ideas around social impact investment, promoting ecological sciences, social relief and care, those around the criminal justice system and substance abuse, and encouraging employment prospects.

Warburton Family matters Community Grants programme

Warburtons micro-grants scheme, which offers grants up to £400 for not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales for projects that benefit families is open to applications again.

Projects must meet the following themes:

  • health – supporting families to care for each other and lead healthier lives
  • place – supporting families to flourish in communities that are safer, greener and more inclusive
  • skills – supporting families to gain useful skills for life and work

The first deadline in 2021 is on 8 February, with others on 10 May and 9 August.

Full details can be found on the financial giving page of the Warburton website, and the link to apply is here. (There is a hiccup on their website at time of writing, and these 2 pages are not linked together!)

D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Offering grants between £500 and £5,000 for arts, medical welfare and the environment, and can be used for projects or core running costs. Full details of the kind of projects that are included under these headings are available on the Trust’s website.

Deadline 10 February, with others expected in June and October.

Youth Covid-19 support fund from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport

This fund is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations in England. It will help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain viable. The funding can cover costs incurred between 1st November 2020 and 31st March 2021 that enable the organisation to remain viable, open, reopen or partially reopen. Organisations can apply to cover 25% of annual expenditure up to a limit of £250,000 for local organisations and £2 million for national organisations. Find out more and apply by 5pm 12 February.

Big Society Capital Ideas for Impact Fund

This fund is offering development grants between £15,000 and £30,000 for UK charities, social enterprises and fund managers to progress ideas on how a social impact investment can have major influence on a social issue. It is specifically designed to enable sustainable enterprises to test new business models which have the potential to grow in size and have a greater social impact in the future. Participants may also receive up to 6 days of in-kind support and connections from a member of the Big Society Capital team to help develop their idea. Full details on the Big Society Capital website.

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 1 March 2021.

The British Ecological Society Outreach Grants

Grants up to £2,000 for organisations, including community groups, museums, schools and libraries, as well as researchers and individuals in England, Scotland and Wales for projects that promote ecological science to a wider, non-academic audience. Projects should:

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

Deadline 19 March. Find out more on the BES website.

Woodroffe Benton Foundation

This fund is offering grants between £500 and £2,500 for smaller UK registered charities working in the areas of care for the sick and elderly, conservation, environment and social relief for people in need. The Foundation does not fund larger charities, branches of national organisations or individuals.

Applications must be received by early April for the Foundation’s next meeting in May 2021. Full details on the Foundation’s website.

1772 Charity

Grants up to £2,000 are available for registered charities working for the welfare of prisoners and ex-prisoners and their families, homeless people, sex workers and people involved in alcohol and drug abuse.

The deadline for applications is 1 April 2021. For more details, see the 1772 Charity’s website.

Thomas Wall Trust Charities Grant Programme

Offering small grants usually around £1,000 (but up to £5,000) available to UK registered charities for activities and projects that support skills such as literacy and numeracy that will improve the employment prospects of individuals aged 11 and over. The Trust’s Charities Grant programme is particularly interested in supporting:

  • Charities that can provide compelling evidence of impact.
  • Charities working with collaborative networks.
  • Match funded projects (projects that can evidence matched funding are likely to be prioritised), and
  • Self-sustainable projects, with a view to becoming less reliant on grants in the future.

The next application deadline is Friday 30 April 2021. Details available on the Trust’s website.

The Thomas Wall Trust’s Digital Skills Programme is still open (closing 19 Feb), as reported last week. Details here.