Wellbeing Community Grants from CRCC

Quick reminder about the Wellbeing Community Grants.

While government rules on social distancing still apply, there are exceptions for “support groups of up to 15 participantsformally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support. This includes support to victims of crime, recovering addicts, new parents, people with long-term illnesses, those facing issues relating to their sexuality or gender, and those who have suffered bereavement.”.

If you run a support group for carers, mental health, or dementia, CRCC offers grants to cover running costs and activities. Visit their website for more information and to apply.

The forthcoming application deadlines are:

Carers Groups grant – 16 October, 20 November, 15 January, 5 March, 30 April

Mental Health Support Groups grant – 6 November, 18 December, 26 February, 14 May

Memory Activity and Support Groups grant – 30 October, 4 December, 12 February, 7 May

B&Q Foundation

B&Q has recently established a new grant-making Foundation, with grants of up to £5,000 available for local charities across UK the are supporting people experiencing bad housing or homelessness, as well as community projects looking to improve their spaces.

You can find out more on the B&Q website, and submit an expression of interest via the Neighbourly website.

Registered charities only, and the funds must support people in need (by reason of financial hardship, sickness, disability, other disadvantage or distress) in the UK or Ireland. The project is to provide, maintain, repair or improve housing or community space; or to support people experiencing bad housing or homelessness.

There doesn’t seem to be a deadline.

Garfield Weston Foundation Culture Fund

We’ve featured this before, but wanted to mention it again, as cultural organisations are getting a rough deal right now!

A major new grant programme with a budget of £25 million, the Weston Culture Fund is offering grants of between £100,000 and £2 million to help cultural organisations get back on track following COVID-19. This is a one-off grant programme with a single application deadline of Monday 9 November 2020.

There is a sliding scale of funding that organisations are able to apply for. according to their income, between £100,000 for organisations with an annual income between £500,000 and £750,000, up to £2m, available to organisations with an income over £7.5m.

Grants are available to support the costs organisations are likely to incur over the next 12 months that are associated with any or all of the following activities:

  • Adaptations to infrastructure (physical or digital)
  • new programming
  • restarting work and reopening

There are various types of organisations that can apply, and details of what is eligible expenditure, so for full details, see the Fund’s website, and take the eligibility test.

Postcode Dream Trust

Open to applications until Monday 30 October, the Postcode Dream Trust’s Postcode Recover Fund offers grants of between £500,000 and £1 million to registered charities in England, Scotland and Wales for innovative projects that help communities recover from the impact of COVID-19.

This is a 3-stage application process, with high level submissions due in by 30 October, Stage 2 shortlist submitting more detailed applications, and the finalists presenting to an assessment panel. The final award will be given in March 2021. The funding pot is £3m, so it looks like only a handful of applications will be successful.

Grants will be awarded for unique projects that can demonstrate a clear link to the effects of the pandemic across the following six funding priority areas (other areas may also be considered for grant support if a compelling case can be made).

  • Domestic Violence.
  • Educational inequalities.
  • Health and wellbeing.
  • Homelessness.
  • Poverty, and/or
  • Social exclusion and isolation.

Projects should:

  • Address a systemic issue related to the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • Be innovative and attempt to break new ground.
  • Leave a significant and tangible legacy after one year, and
  • Take place in Great Britain.

You can find out more on the Postcode Dream Trust website.

The Cook’s Charity

The charitable arm of the Worshipful Company of Cooks, the Cook’s Charity mainly supports educational projects linked to the catering industry. Grants are available for the education and welfare of people associated with the industry in England and Wales , as well as general charitable purposes in the City of London.

There is no deadline, and not-for-profit organisations can apply for projects under the headings of:

  • educating children about food and cooking
  • cookery training organisations to enable and enrich the education of their students, young and old, and
  • community initiatives associated with the catering trade.

There is no application form, and requests should be made in writing. More details, including guidance, can be found on the Cook’s Charity website.