A very local opportunity:

Projects that matter

Crowdfunder and Cornwall Council have teamed up to award £8,500 to eight projects that matter in Cornwall. The ‘Projects that matter Cornwall’ competition aims to find local projects making a difference to Cornwall’s communities and tackling the climate emergency. Constituted community groups and parish and town councils can all enter.

The eight winning projects will receive a £1,000 prize pledge towards a crowdfunding campaign and will receive one-to-one Crowdfunder coaching. They’ll be able to apply for up to £5,000 match-funding as part of the Crowdfund Cornwall initiative too.

There’s also a £500 Climate Emergency Bonus award for the project involved that raises the most money via their Crowdfunder campaign.

Environmental projects must demonstrate they support the Council’s climate emergency response and social inclusion by meeting one or more of these fundraising themes:

  • Raising money for projects and activities that will help Cornwall become carbon neutral and tackle climate change
  • Increasing the tree canopy cover in Cornwall
  • Creating more space for nature and wildlife within local communities
  • Helping adults to connect with their local communities through nature and more, improving mental health and wellbeing and building self-confidence

There’s more information on how to enter on Crowdfunder’s Projects that matter Cornwall web page.

Entries close on Monday 28 September at midday. The winners will be announced on Friday 2 October.

Disabled People’s Organisation COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Grants between £1,000 and £25,000 are available for UK grassroots Disabled People’s Organisations to respond to the needs of disabled people during COVID-19.

Any Disabled People’s Organisation (DPO) in the UK may apply, providing at least 51% of their governing body or management committee are disabled people and the organisation has a constitution or governing document that shows (a) that the organisation is set up to support disabled people and/or (b) advance disabled people’s equality and inclusion. Groups do not need to be a registered charity to apply.

Grants can cover the cost of equipment, running costs, and staffing costs, for work under one or more headings:

  1. income (covering work to support disabled people to access benefits and entitlements and manage debt issues)
  2. independent living (COVID-19 related issues affecting disabled people’s choice and control over their lives)
  3. isolation (covering work to tackle isolation)

For more information, see the Disabled People’s Organisation website.

Deadline 5 October.

KFC Foundation Community Grants

Grants between £200 and £2,000 are available for UK grassroots organisations providing safe social spaces, mentoring, work, or social skills for young people aged 11 to 25 in locations where KFC outlets are located.

This is Penzance, Camborne, Bodmin and St Austell, in Cornwall. It is not clear how local the project has to be to the outlet.

Foundation welcomes funding applications from organisations which:

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
  • Supports those in a position of social disadvantage (i.e. care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
  • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
  • Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of our funding being received.

Find out more on the KFC Foundation website.

Deadline 25 September for expressions of interest.

DEFRA Green Recovery Challenge Fund

Application deadline for expressions of interest:

  • Thursday 24 September 2020 for grants of between £250,001 and £5 million
  • Friday 2 October for grants of between £50,000 and £250,000.

Not for profit environmental organisations and partner agencies in England can apply to a new £40m programme designed to stimulate environmental renewal and to create jobs in the environmental sector in England. Grants are available for capital and/or core costs and must be spent between Sunday 1 November 2020 and Thursday 31 March 2022.

projects must deliver against one or more of the following three themes:

  1. Nature conservation and restoration, including ecosystem restoration and species recovery.
  2. Nature-based solutions, particularly for climate change mitigation and adaptation.
  3. Connecting people with nature.

Find out more, check your eligibility, and apply on the Heritage Fund website.

Ocean Family Foundation

Grants for marine conservation projects in England, Wales, Italy, Mozambique, Spain and Tanzania – no application deadline.

The Foundation funds and actively supports sustainable marine conservation programmes, to have a positive impact on marine life and ocean health, as well as research, education and reducing the use of plastics.

There isn’t a lot of information on the website, and projects are invited to contact the funders by email. You will notice soothing ocean sounds on the website!

National Emergencies Trust news

The National Emergencies Trust is going to announce this week a new partner to help distribute the remaining funds. With the focus on long-term recovery, the Trust says the partners will be able to:

“help us to respond to certain unmet needs, in particular through telephone helpline services and digital support. These remote services will be especially important for the many thousands who won’t have sought support from a charity before, and may well feel unsure where to start.”

The Trust is no longer soliciting donations, but will continue to receive them through its website. The current total stands at £93m raised, £87m allocated.