More funding for different types of charities or groups, in different areas.

National Lottery Community Fund – new partnerships launched

This is a new funding pot launched for charities and social enterprises working with people disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. It will be distributed through 5 partnerships:

  • £5m for migrant and refugee charities – see full details here. Closes 2 August
  • £4.82m for homelessness charities – see full details here – deadlines 3 August and 14 September
  • £5m for charities giving welfare and legal advice – see full details here. Rolling application for Wave 1, decisions made weekly, open now.
  • £18.7m for social enterprises (see below) – CLOSES 20 JULY
  • £9.5m for community businesses and other local organisations – see full details here. Open from 28 July 10am-1pm only, and again similarly on 4 August, and 11 August.

You can read the full press release here.  Please be aware that you can only apply to one pot of this funding, so consider carefully which is most appropriate.


Emergency grant funding for social enterprises

A £18.7m Social Enterprise Support Fund is being delivered by a consortium of Resonance, Big Issue Invest, UnLtd, the School for Social Entrepreneurs and The Key Fund, with funding coming from The National Lottery Community Fund. Grant funding will be for social enterprises negatively impacted by COVID-19 that are supporting people at high health risk from COVID-19, and those supporting people facing increased social and economic challenges as a result of COVID-19.

The fund is committed to inclusion, so we are particularly welcoming applications from enterprises led by people from BAME communities, LGBTQ+ communities, people with disabilities, and leaders with lived experience of the issues that the social enterprise is addressing. 

Enterprises can apply for a grant ranging from £10,000 to £300,000, however applications of under £100,000 are strongly encouraged.

The first of three rounds of funding is now live and will close for new applications and submissions at 1pm Monday 20 July, but may close earlier if the maximum number of applications for the round has been reached.  We therefore strongly encourage applications to be submitted as early as possible.

You can apply and find out more information about the fund here.

There will be two additional opportunities to apply to the Social Enterprise Support Fund; Round 2 in August and Round 3 in September (dates will be published on the website). It should be noted that Rounds 2 and 3 will be smaller (in terms of funding available) than Round 1.

You will find full guidance is available on the Social Enterprise Support Fund website.



Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust

The Positive Pathways programme has opened for two more rounds, closing at noon on 25 August (decisions in November), and noon on 30 September (decisions in February).

The fund provides grants up to £35,000, for projects developed by and for veterans. Projects should aim to improve veterans’ mental health and wellbeing by getting veterans out and active.

You can find out more on the Covenant Fund Trust website.


Inspiring Futures, from BBC’s Children in Need and Youth Futures

BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation have combined to launch the £6 million Inspiring Futures Grant Programme, which is open to not-for-profits across the UK. Grants up to £80,000 are available for projects that work with young people aged 10-24 in England, and aged 10-18 in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, experiencing discrimination or disadvantage that contribute to short or longer term barriers to employment.
Deadline 31 July at 11.30am.

The funders have identified the following groups of children and young people that may be facing barriers (please note that this is not an exclusive list):

  • Children and young people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, particularly those most at risk of facing disparities in the labour market (eg, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black, Mixed, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller heritage).
  • Those not in employment, education or training (NEET).
  • Young people who have experience of the care system.
  • Young parent or having a caring responsibility.
  • Those that are economically disadvantaged (eligible for free school meals) or living in an area of high deprivation.
  • Disabled children and young people and children and young people with learning disabilities.
  • Those affected by experience of the criminal justice system.
  • Those affected by exclusion from education or alternative education provision.
  • Those affected by homelessness.
  • Those affected by mental health issues.
  • Those affected by long-term health conditions, and/or
  • Those affected by substance misuse

You can find out more on both the BBC Children in Need and the Youth Futures Foundation websites.  Applications must be made using the BBC Children in Need’s Online Portal.