Another funding round-up, covering bridge-building in communities, support for the most vulnerable, Cornwall Women’s Fund, new or adapted services around COVID-19, short turn-around, small grants, and to encourage people back into physical activity.

Arranged in order of deadlines!

Multiplier Programme

The Cares Family and UnLtd are looking for 10 people to join the inaugural year of The Multiplier Programme. The programme is particularly interested in receiving applications from Cornwall.

The Multiplier is a brand-new programme helping people to develop their own bridge-building initiatives in their own communities in their own ways.

Over the next five years, the partnership between The Cares Family and UnLtd will support 50 leaders who are building connections across divides in their neighbourhoods to adapt and grow, building capacity and changing lives. In this first year, the eight-month programme will include leadership workshops, coaching, storytelling and networking. The partnership is looking for 10 inclusive, thoughtful, ambitious Multipliers to join the first cohort.

Participants will receive £10,000 funding, 8 workshops to help them deepen and broaden their impact, a film made about their work, coaching, and introductions to new networks. 

Deadline 11am Tuesday 3 November. For more information, see the Cares Family website.

Charities Aid Foundation COVID-19 Resilience Fund

A new £20 million grant programme offering grants of between £10,000 and £100,000 to charitable organisations in England supporting communities hardest hit by Covid-19. This grant can cover core running costs, salaries, rent and the cost of utilities, to help organisations supporting those living in poverty, BAME communities, children, young people, the unemployed, homeless, and people with physical or learning disabilities, as well as those pushed into crisis by the pandemic.

Deadline midday Tuesday 10 November, and funds must be spent by 31 March 2021. For more information see the website.

Cornwall Women’s Fund

The Cornwall Women’s Fund aims to support community projects in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly where women and girls will be the main beneficiaries, and to inspire ambition and enable achievement. Average grants are £1,000, and the deadline is 11 November.

You can find out more from the Cornwall Community Foundation website, which administers the fund. The Emergency Fund is still open, and there are other funds currently open on the CCF site, which you can see here.

Care Home Friends and Neighbours intergenerational linking project

Grants up to £31,000 for registered charities, not-for-profit organisations and local authorities in England for projects that link younger people aged 5 to 14 from schools and youth organisations with older people living in local care homes.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • Create a world where care homes are truly connected to their communities.
  • Improve young people’s confidence and develop their leadership skills, and
  • Sustainably embed intergenerational linking into the curriculum and ethos of a school and/or youth organisation.

Deadline 13 November, 5pm for expressions of interest. For more information, see the Project’s website.

Peter Sowerby Foundation – Increasing Access Fund

A new £1.4m fund targeted to support organisations to develop new services that respond to the Covid-19 situation, or to adapt existing services to meet local and national needs. 

Primary areas:

  • Healthcare Innovation – Organisations in the fields of disability, medical research, mental health and those supporting individuals with long-term health conditions.
  • Community – Organisations working with young people, especially those considered disadvantaged, delivering support to those disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and/or those working to support isolated older people.
  • Environment – Organisations working in the area of horticulture and conservation which have been significantly financially impacted by the closure of venues.
  • Arts – Organisations working in the area of arts, health and well-being where services and programmes are being adapted to benefit communities impacted by Covid-19.

Deadline 5pm Monday 16 November. For more information, see the Foundation’s website.

Isla Foundation

Grants of between £300 and £2,000 for UK voluntary and community organisations, clubs and societies, schools, Parent Teacher Associations and entrepreneurial individuals for small-scale, short-term projects that create a positive change in people’s lives and in their communities.

No application deadline – find out more on the funder’s website.

Sport England Return to Play fund

This new grant programme will provide grants of between £300 and £10,000 to a range of not-for-profit organisations in England. The aim of the programme is to enable organisations to overcome the ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19 and enable people to reengage with sporting and physical activities.

Community Interest Companies (CICs), not-for-profit organisations, including registered charities, sports clubs, voluntary groups and organisations, social enterprises, leisure operators and not-for-profit companies may apply.

The budget is divided as follows:

1 – Small grants – a total of £10 million with grants of between £300 and £10,000 to help sport and activity groups, clubs and organisations respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a COVID-19-safe environment.

2 – Community Asset Fund – A total of £5 million with grants of between £10,001 and £50,000 to help local sports clubs and organisations to adapt and open important places and spaces that can help them welcome back their local community safely.

3 – Active Together – A total of £1.5 million is a crowdfunding initiative to help sports clubs and organisations set up their own campaigns to help sustain them throughout the COVID-19 crisis.

Projects located in areas of high deprivation will be favoured, along with those working with BAME, disabled, lower income, long-term ill, and others disadvantaged by COVID-19.

There is no deadline, but the fund will only run until the budget is spent. Find out more on the Sport England website.