Various opportunities for funding, for rural resilience, small BAME community organisations, women and girls, large-scale job access programmes.

Prince’s Countryside Fund

Grants up to £10,000 for UK not-for-profit organisation for projects that enable rural communities to become more resilient during and after COVID-19.

The funding is open to UK non-profits, including charities, Community Benefit Societies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) Community Interest Companies (CICs), companies limited by guarantee, social enterprises and unincorporated associations (please note that this is not an exhaustive list).

The theme for the current round of funding is ‘Rural Community Resilience’, capital costs may be permissible in some instances, and projects can address issues such as financial pressures, isolation, and physical and mental health, although this is not an exclusive list.

For more information see the Prince’s Countryside Fund website. Closing date 3 November.

BAME Communities Surviving COVID-19 Fund

Funded by Comic Relief, this fund offers small BAME-led VCSE organisations grants up to £10,000 to support their communities and build wellbeing, resilience, and capacity through a range of projects taking place during and after COVID.

Eligible organisations include Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs), Community Interest Companies (CICs), constituted community groups, constituted but unincorporated associations or clubs, faith groups, registered charities, and voluntary and community organisations. Organisations that are not constituted, do not have a bank account, or are a new organisation can apply for grant support via a host organisation as listed above. They must have an annual income of £150,000 or less.

Grants of different sizes are available for different purposes. See the African Health Policy Network for full details and application forms. Closing date midnight 30 October.

Cornwall Women’s Fund

Grants on average £1,000 for community projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, that benefit women and girls. Administered through Cornwall Community Foundation, these grants can include groups for migrant women, teenage girls with low self-esteem, mum-and-baby groups, and more.

Groups must be not for profit community groups or social enterprises (applicants don’t need to be a registered charity but the activities must be considered charitable), and have a range of other items in place, such as bank account, Equal Opportunities policy, etc. For full details and to apply, see the Cornwall Community Foundation website.

Deadline 2 November.

Rapid Recovery Challenge

Registered UK businesses, charities, community interest companies, community groups and public bodies are invited to apply for support to accelerate innovations that can help vulnerable workers that have been hardest hit by the coronavirus crisis to access jobs and financial help.

Awarding grants between £125,000 and £475,000, as follows:

  • In December 2020, 12 semi-finalists (six in each stream) will each receive £125,000.
  • In May 2021, six finalists (three in each stream) will each receive £150,000.
  • In September 2021, two winners (one in each stream) will each receive £200,000.

The two streams are:

  • Job Recovery Stream – supporting solutions that connect younger workers or those in (or who have recently lost) low-paid or insecure work into open jobs that match their skill sets. To help make these connections to live jobs, Nesta expects solutions in this stream may also provide tailored learning, training, or advice to people seeking work.
  • Financial Recovery Stream – supporting solutions that help younger workers or those in (or who have recently lost) low-paid or insecure work access financial assistance more easily, manage their cash flow or, where necessary, access affordable, responsible credit.

The Challenge will support solutions that positively impact:

  • Those currently or recently (within the past 12 months) in low paid roles. ‘Low paid’ is defined as earning less than £18,252/year (60% or less the national median annual pay in 2019, £30,420).
  • Those currently or recently (within the past 12 months) in insecure roles. An ‘insecure role’ is defined as temporary contracts less than six months, variable (zero-hour) contracts or self-employed earning less than £18,252/year.
  • Young people, whether employed or unemployed. ‘Young people’ are defined as those aged 16-24.

For full details, see the NESTA website. Deadline 26 October.