COVID related funding

Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Communities Fund

The Tesco Bags of Help COVID-19 Fund offers grants up to £500 to a wide range of charitable organisations and COVID related causes across the UK. This has been running for some months, and now closes on Monday 18 September. The Fund has a very straightforward application process and applications can be made at any time up to and including 18 September.

The fund will cover increased demand, disrupted services and new services, and there is a wide range of groups that are eligible.

You can find out more here

Volant Charitable Trust COVID 19 response fund

UK charitable organisations, including Community Interest Companies, helping vulnerable groups affected by the coronavirus can apply.

Founded by JK Rowling, the trust aims to help charitable organisations in the UK  and abroad to alleviate social deprivation, helping vulnerable people or groups affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Projects must be specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic and can be for project and administrative costs as the Trust does not usually fund capital expenditure. However, applications for medical equipment and the production or distribution of PPE may be considered.

No minimum or maximum funding levels are stated, and there is no requirement for match funding.

Find out more on the Volant Trust website

Deadline 31 December

NON-COVID-related funding

Health and Wellbeing ‘starting well’ grant

Offering funding between £200,000 and £510,000 (over 3 years) for VCSE organisations that improve outcomes for mothers and babies in deprived areas and/or from BAME backgrounds.
Deadline 30 October.

The fund has a budget of £3.3m, and aims to pmprove outcomes for children from pre-conception to two and a half years, in one or more of the following communities:

  • Children in areas of high deprivation (including coastal, rural and urban areas), and/or
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups.

Two free “Meet the Funders” webinars have been arranged for potential applicants to learn more about the programme on:

  • Tuesday 8 September 2020 from 2-3pm, and
  • Thursday 10 September 2020 from 2-3pm.

For more information, see the website.

The Clare Milne Trust

Primarily awarding grants in Devon and Cornwall, this trust provides grants between £1,000 and £25,000 for small registered charities working to improve the quality of life of adults with disabilities.

Deadlines 21 September, 4 January

You can find out more on the Trust’s website

Theatres Trust Theatre Improvement Scheme

Grants up to £20,000 for UK not-for-profit theatres, to cover capital projects that improve environmental sustainability. Deadline 14 September.

Also a Theatre Reopening Fund, offering grants up to £5,000 to help theatres make adaptations and prepare for reopening. No deadline.

You can find out more about both schemes on the Trust’s website.

Music for All Community Project Grants

Grants up to £2,500 for UK community groups, to bring musical projects to local communities.

Music for All Community Grants are normally given for the purchase of instruments, associated equipment or for teaching costs. However, all applications are judged on their merit and other project elements may also be considered.

Factors taken into consideration include –

  • The number of new musicians created and supported
  • Sustainability of the project
  • Other funding organisations involved (with a preference for supporting together with other funders)

For more information see the Music for All website

Deadline 1 November.

Spear Trust

The charitable arm of Spears Games (makers of Scrabble and others), offers grants which ranged between £1,000 and £75,000 last year. The fund supports primarily Animal welfare, environmental organisations, Wildlife Trusts, museums and Jewish causes, as well as former employees of JW Spear and Sons Ltd. There is no closing date for applications, and no match funding requirement.

The trust has no email address or website. More details of their activities can be found on the Charity Commission website, and applications must be made in writing to Flora Gaughan, Administrator, The Spear Charitable Trust, Roughground House, Beggarmans Lane, Old Hall Green, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG11 1HB
Tel: 01920 823071

Funding news

Growth Hub SMEs Kickstart funding paused

The Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Growth Hub Kickestart funding for SMEs, which was opened on 2 September, closed again during the afternoon of the 2 September, due to a surge of applications. The team at the Growth Hub will process the initial 250 applications, and then reopen the process (with a week’s notice) if there is funding remaining. We will keep you posted. See the Growth Hub for more information about the funding.

National Emergencies Trust new partners

The National Emergencies Trust has announced that it is forming new partnerships to distribute COVID-19 funding, in order to best reach the most vulnerable groups.

The first wave of NET funding, just over £6m, will be distributed to a disability support network, DPO COVID-19 Coalition, led by Disability Action NI, the LGBT+ Consortium Helpline Alliance, domestic abuse charity, Refuge, the refugee and asylum seekers support consortium led by Refugee Council and Cruse Bereavement Care. The funding will be used to support vital helplines to assist those who are unsure where to turn, as well as other very targeted services.

See the NET’s press statement announcing this here.