With a regular funding round-up every week, it can be easy to lose sight of the major funders that exist both nationally and here in Cornwall. Here is a quick summary of the biggest funding sources that are available more-or-less continually.

Cornwall Community Foundation

CCF has recently updated its grant application process, simplifying it and streamlining it for applicants. Where before applicants needed to choose which grant to apply for, now CCF will carry out that matching process in-house, and applicants only need to put in a general application.

Their website explains:

You can now apply to One Cornwall programme for grants for Community groups and charities based in Cornwall and the Isles Of Scilly.

We have moved our regular funds into one main programme. We have funding available for emergency and crisis support and for recovery from the effects of the pandemic. We administer several area funds covering most of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and we have funding available for crime prevention, to improve the natural environment, to improve physical health and wellbeing and to support young people, elderly people and people with a disability.

Grants range from £1,000 – £5,000, some funds are able to offer larger grants.

We will be giving priority to groups who are reaching the most vulnerable or at greatest risk of negative social, health or economic impact as a result of COVID-19. However, we are also keen to receive applications from organisations who support general well-being in their communities.

They also have funds to support individuals, particularly:

  • Young carers
  • Young people who are disadvantaged and at the edge of exclusion from school
  • To support young people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing
  • People struggling to stay warm and healthy during winter
  • People who are in crisis

Grants for individuals range from £200 – £1,000.

You can find full details of both programmes from this page. There are no deadlines for these awards.

Other programmes that are independent of the One Cornwall grant stream are also listed, here.

National Lottery

National Lottery Community Fund

Awards for All grants between £300 and £10,000, with ongoing deadlines (monthly). They can support to

  • continue to deliver activity – whether your community needs crisis response, recovery or business as usual activity.
  • change and adapt, becoming more resilient to respond to new and future challenges.

Reaching Communities grants, over £10,000 over up to five years, again with deadlines ongoing. This programme offers a larger amount of funding for organisations that work with their community to help them thrive. We fund projects that work to make positive changes in their community – whether that is for people living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

Partnerships grants, over £10,000 for organisations that work together with a shared set of goals to help their community thrive – whether that’s a community living in the same area, or people with similar interests or life experiences.

And others – full list of NLCF grants here – check which apply to England.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England awards money from The National Lottery, as well as central Government funds to support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

The National Lottery Heritage Fund awards money from The National Lottery to preserve and transform the heritage of the UK through innovative projects that will make a lasting impact on people and places, and bring heritage to life for generations to come.

After halting their regular funding in March 2020 to focus on COVID-19, the Heritage Fund reopened to £3k-£10k applications in November 2020, and to applications up to £5m, in February 2021. Applications may be made at any time.

Sport England

Sport England supports sporting good causes with funding from The National Lottery and central Government.

BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need’s vision is that children and young people in the UK have a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

Their role in achieving this vision is by making grants to charities and other non-profit organisations that support and work with children and young people who are disadvantaged and face challenges in their lives.

The people and projects they fund will:

  • Take the initiative and show clearly how they will make a difference which will improve children and young people’s lives.
  • Address the challenges the children and young people face, build their skills and resilience, empower them and extend their choices in life.
  • Involve children and young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of their work.
  • Be keen to keep learning about their work so that their ability to make a difference in children and young people’s lives can keep on improving.

There are three types of grants available:

  • COVID-19 Small and Main Grants ProgrammeNext deadline 12 April
    • Main grants – over £10,000 per year
    • Small grants – up to £10,000 per year
    • Grants given for children and young people aged 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:
      • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect.
      • Any kind of disability.
      • Behavioural or psychological difficulties.
      • Living in poverty or situations of deprivation.
  • Inspiring Futures – currently closed. £10,000-£80,000, for work improving prospects of young people aged 10-24
  • Emergency Essentials, small grants for families, to meet children’s most basic needs, including digital devices for home schooling, a bed, a cooker, etc. given via charities.
  • additional funding programmes by theme – Youth Social Action Fund to launch later in 2021.

Comic Relief

The organisation behind Comic Relief and Sport Relief, has one funding stream open for new applications at present:

Supporting and Sustaining Specialism

A funding opportunity for organisations led by and for Black and minoritised women acting to end Violence against Women and Girls. Applications between £30,000 to £250,000 for 12-15 months of service delivery from July 2021 to September 2022, from organisations with in come between £75,000 and £10m.

Deadline 5 March.

More funding streams will open during the year, listed here.

To find other BIG funders, the organisation Giving is Great has a handy list of the top 100 UK grant makers, which you can drill down through to find the big names which support your kind of organisation and type of project.