SHORT DEADLINE Funding opportunities


A £9.5 million Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) has been launched that will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England that are facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown. There will be particular emphasis on organisations led by or supporting BAME communities. The scheme is run by Power to Change, Locality, BAME social enterprise The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund.

Round 3 of the fund will be open on Tuesday 11 August, from 10am to 1pm, for stage 1 applications – and forms must be completed by this cutoff. Answers should be prepared in advance and copy/pasted into the form. See full guidance on the website.


More support for BAME organisations coming up

The National Lottery Community Fund will launch a £1.4m BAME-led fund to support organisations and communities hit by coronavirus. – At the moment, there are few details of the fund, which will launch ‘within weeks’, according to the Civil Society website. We will keep you up to date as there is more news.


People’s Postcode fund

The People’s Postcode Trust Community Projects Small Grants Fund – grants between £500 and £20,000 for small, locally based charitable organisations in England, Scotland and Wales working to challenge discrimination, prevent poverty and/or promote human rights. SHORT DEADLINE – 19 August.

Further information, guidance notes and an application form can be found on the Trust’s website


Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage

A £92m fund to support heritage charities and organisations during the Covid-19 crisis has just opened. The Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is part of the £1.5bn support package for the culture sector announced by the government earlier this month. The funds will be distributed by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, and are available to a range of organisations, including those caring for visitor attractions and heritage collections, as well as private owners of heritage sites and businesses that are part of the sector, such as suppliers and conservators. Available grants range between £10,000 and £3m. Applicants will need to have “an innovative plan for how they will operate and be sustainable for the remainder of this financial year”, as well demonstrate their significance and the role they play in their community.

Applications will close on 17 August and grants will be awarded in late September.

Civil Society has an article about the wider heritage sector – and you can find out more about the Fund, and apply, online on the Heritage Fund site..


Baring Foundation supporting art for mental health 

The Baring Foundation is awarding grants of £12,000 to £15,000 from a £900,000 fund to support organisations that specialise in providing creative opportunities to people, including children and young people, with mental health problems. This must be the organisation’s sole focus and must employ the skills of professionally trained artists.

Deadline for applications is 12pm on 18 August 2020.

For more information, see the Baring Foundation website


Other Grants with longer deadlines

GSK Impact awards

Applications are open for the 2021 GSK Impact Awards, which provide core funding and free training for charities that are working to improve people’s health in the UK. Up to 20 awards will be made, ranging from £3,000 to £40,000, plus free training and development valued at a further £9,500. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity, and be given a set of promotional materials.

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm on Monday 14 September 2020.

Find out more, and how to apply, on the website.


Funding call for projects around starting up new businesses – South and East Cornwall

South and East LAG (SEALAG) has opened a call for projects that will support people to establish their own businesses. Projects can be designed to support people in Cornwall Local Led Development target areas provided they do not already run a business.  Business creation may be a response to recent job loss, to supplement existing employment or possibly to achieve a longer term aim of transitioning from employment to self-employment.

For more information around the expectations on the successful bid, see the Growth Programme website, and for full details on the Call, see the CLLD website

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 4pm, Friday 4th September 2020


Western Power Distribution Affordability Fund

Working in partnership with Bristol’s Centre for Sustainable Energy, WPD’s Affordability Fund will provide grants up to £20,000 for energy advice initiatives. Not-for-profit organisations based in and serving the WPD network area (South West England, South and West Wales and the East and West Midlands) may apply.

Deadline 23 August.

Groups can apply for grants of up to £20,000 to help fund the costs of activities running from October 2020-April 2021 that:

  • Identify new registrants for the Priority Service Register and offering support to households already registered.
  • Help eligible for the Priority Service Register to lower and manage their bills.
  • Provide advice and support to enable vulnerable households to carry out home energy efficiency improvements.
  • Target home energy advice and support to householders in higher-deprivation neighbourhoods and in areas not connected to the gas network, potentially using WPD’s vulnerability app.
  • Working with healthcare providers to raise awareness of the links between cold, damp homes and poor physical and mental health.

 You can find out more, and apply on the Fund’s website


Forthcoming funding

Grants for SMEs

£500,000 has been allocated to Cornwall’s SME’s as part of the new Government funding announced last week. The Growth Hub will be administering the funding, and it will be allocated for new equipment and technology and specialist advice.

See more on the Government’s press statement,  and the Growth Hub’s information about how to express your interest