Funding to support people with complex social issues, to make a difference in local communities, participatory art and culture in Cornish towns and villages, youth music, new and existing social entrepreneurs, community support, big climate change and transformational change partnership projects.

Lloyds Bank Foundation

This fund has opened for grant applicants, and will remain open for the rest of the year. Small and local charities with a yearly income of £25,000 to £1 million who are helping people experiencing complex social issues can now apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000.

Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs. To ensure this funding is distributed equitably, at least 25% of the £9.5 million awarded in grants this year will be ringfenced for Black, Asian and minority ethnic led charities

Applications for funding will remain open throughout the year. To check your eligibility and apply, visit the Foundation’s website.

On Tuesday 30 March, at 2pm, the Foundation will be holding a live Q&A panel with its grants team to talk through the eligibility criteria for funding, the details of the grants and more. They will also be on hand to answer any questions about this funding. You can find their full eligibility guidance here, and register for the panel here.

Postcode Local Trust

Part of the Postcode Lottery family, this branch awards in the West of England, to smaller charities and good causes that make a difference to their community for the benefit of people and planet. There is a funding round which opens each month from February to October, on the first of the month, and which closes after 100 bids are received.

Not for profit organisations can apply for grants from £500, up to £2,000 if they are CICs, and certain other categories, and up to £20,000 if they are registered with the Charity Commission. Organisations with an income less than £500,000 are favoured.

You can find out more on the Trust’s website, and in their Funding Guide.

Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme

For people with a commitment to helping people in need or improving the environment, who have set up an effective social enterprise already, and plan to increase their income and impact in the year ahead.  Maybe their business and trading income has been affected by the pandemic?  This programme will help get them back on track.

There are 20 places available on this programme which runs from October 2020 to September 2021. It supports you with:

  • A learning programme: 14 days spread over a year
  • Up to £4,000 Trade Back grant
  • One-to-one mentoring
  • Peer support from a community of social entrepreneurs

Applications open on 8 March. Find out more and apply via the School for Social Entrepreneurs website.

There is an online awareness session on 11 March, 10-11am, for people to ask questions and meet the team. Register via Eventbrite.

FEAST programme

Revenue grants for artist and community-led projects for audience development and participation that will facilitate the best ideas to bring arts and cultural activity to towns, villages and parishes across Cornwall. Their priority is highly visible art that benefits the community, rather than artist development. Applicants can partner with other sectors, for example the health sector or police to offer a creative way of engaging with some of the social, economic or environmental issues that face Cornish communities.

The FEAST programme offers grants for (no minimum or maximum award levels have been announced):

  1. Audience Development – projects that create new opportunities for more people in Cornwall to enjoy high quality arts events as audiences. Shows or exhibitions which can tour and be enjoyed in multiple venues are sought, and
  2. Audience Participation – for projects to develop new participatory arts opportunities, grow confidence in participants’ own creativity and strengthen communities by initiating new opportunities for people to meet and share experiences.

Deadline 20 March for Audience Development; 25 April for Audience Participation, for stage 1 of the process. Full details on the FEAST website.

The Fore Pilot for Cornwall

The Fore is launching a pilot fund for small charities and social enterprises in Cornwall, offering grant funding up to £30,000 over 1-3 years, and pro-bono expertise, plus an impact management course. The Fore’s programme helps charities and social enterprises develop, grow and/or become more sustainable. For more information, see The Fore’s website.

There are information sessions via Zoom, bookable via Eventbrite:

  • March 18, 11am
  • April 6, 6.30pm

Youth Music Network Fund A

Grants of £2,000 to £30,000 are available to support music-making and music-making related activities for children and young people (aged 0-25) facing barriers.

Projects’ criteria include:

  • Offer a music-related programme for children or young people facing barriers in England.
  • Meet one or more of Youth Music’s priority areas (Early Years, Disabled young people, Young adults, Youth justice system, Young people facing barriers and Organisations and the workforce).
  • Be co-designed by children/young people.

Deadline 1 April 2021. See the Youth Music Network website for more details.

Foyle FoundationSmall Grants Scheme

To support charities working at grass roots and local community level, in any field, across a wide range of activities, in the UK. Charities turning over less than £150,000 are strongly preferred, with one-year grants offered, to cover core costs or essential equipment, or to enable ongoing service provision and pivoting to digital working.

Priority will be given to local charities still active in their communities which are currently delivering services to the young, vulnerable, elderly, disadvantaged or the general community either directly or through online support if possible.

Grants between £1,000 and £10,000 are offered, and there is no deadline. Find out more on the Foundation’s website.

National Lottery Climate Fund

Part of the NL Community Fund, the next round focusses on supporting medium scale to large-scale projects addressing waste and consumption. The focus remains on place-based, community-led partnerships that will make the changes in their community they believe will have the biggest impact on climate change.

At present seeking expressions of interest, for development funding (max £150,000), or full awards (max £1.5m), with a budget of £8-£10m available.

Deadline 8 April, with the rest of the application process lasting throughout 2021. Full details of who can and cannot apply, and what they are looking for, are on the TNL website.

National Lottery Growing Great Ideas Fund

The Growing Great Ideas programme has a focus on supporting transformational and long-term change. They are looking for visionary initiatives that go beyond individual organisations, and instead focus on ecologies, platforms, ecosystems, assemblages, networks and constellations. We expect these initiatives to be generating an infrastructure through which many things are possible.

At present seeking expressions of interest, for development funding min £150,000, for projects between 2 and 10 years, with a budget of £25m available so far.

Deadline ongoing. Full details of who can and cannot apply, and what they are looking for, are on the TNL website.