December 2021 | Newsletter

What a year it’s been – it’s hard to believe that December is here again! We’ve collected up some great funding opportunities to see you through to the end of the year – check them out here. 

12 Days of Giving
Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Giving campaign is back again – giving your charity, not-for-profit organisation or CIC the chance to win £1,000. Each weekday between 6th – 21st December, 10 nominated charities will be chosen to receive a grant. Nominations are open now, and if you nominate your charity by midnight on Sunday (5th December), they’ll be entered into all 12 days of draws. To nominate, visit the 12 Days of Giving website.

The Platinum Jubilee Fund
The National Lottery Community Fund is distributing funding for projects that will celebrate and create a legacy for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year. The three areas of focus for the programme are: 1. Across Generations – Strengthening relationships between generations and creating a legacy for future generations. Projects that connect people across generations through doing activities together Projects that consider future generations and how the Jubilee can leave a legacy for them in the community Projects designed and led by young people who want to be more active in shaping the future of their communities. 2. Community Renewal – Supporting new opportunities for people to develop skills and experiences in their local community, as well as opportunities to bring people together in new ways, and in new or different places and spaces. Projects making use of significant local sites or spaces – parks, heritage buildings, community spaces etc. Projects creating new opportunities for the people that live locally to contribute and/or to build skills and experiences Projects starting something new (a set of activities, a group, a community space, a service, a network) that marks the Jubilee as a turning point in the community. 3. Our Shared Natural World – Growing our care and action locally for the natural world. Projects initiating collective action in relation to the natural world locally – giving more people the opportunity to care for the planet at a local level To be eligible, your project must begin in Spring 2022 and be up and running by the Jubilee weekend on 5th June. They will prioritise projects that: draw on the creativity of the community want to do something new and inventive bring new opportunities make use of sites of local significance use multiple channels through which people can participate, that will have impact on more than one of the above areas of focus, and are led by young people. Grants will be for amounts between £30,000 and £50,000 and must be spent within 2 years. The deadline for applications is 15th December OR when the fund has received 700 applications – whichever comes first. For more information, and to apply, visit the TNLCF website.


Up To £10k Match Funding
Crowdfunder has teamed up with the National Emergencies Trust to support crowdfunding campaigns that help voluntary and community organisations in the UK overcome the effects of the pandemic. Their Local Action Fund will provide up to £10,000 of match funding per project, matched pound for pound with your crowdfunded donations. The following services are eligible to apply: Health and wellbeing services Activities that relieve pressure on local statutory services Services for vulnerable people self-isolating Services addressing food poverty Community response coordination Services supporting those experiencing, or at risk of, domestic abuse, those facing homelessness and those working with refugees and or asylum seeker communities Services supporting young people’s access to education Services supporting those in poverty or at risk of poverty To receive match funding: Your project must raise funds from at least 25 unique supporters within four weeks Every donation made towards your project will be matched up to £250 Only one donation per supporter will be matched If your project is an “all or nothing project” your project must reach its target. You can find more information, and start your campaign, here.

Leathersellers’ Company Charitable Fund
This charitable trust makes grants through its Small Grants Programme to UK registered charities that operate in the UK, supporting vulnerable people in areas of deprivation. To be eligible, your charity must have an annual income of £200,000 or under. Grants made through the Small Grants Programme can be for up to £3,000. There are 14 grant rounds and the first 50 applications in each round will be considered – the most recent round opened on 15th November, for applications to be considered mid-January. For more information, and to apply, visit the Leathersellers’ Company website.

Social Enterprise Support Fund
This fund is administered by the National Lottery Community Fund and provides grants to social enterprises in England that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will make grants of £10,000 – £100,000 for: Helping you get your social enterprise back on track: This might be the costs of getting trading back up and running, supporting outreach and marketing, supporting your costs while your business gets back to full strength, developing new markets and services etc. Helping you work with communities that are recovering: This might be work related to supporting communities that have been hard hit by COVID-19, for example, supporting people to get back to work, helping marginalised children catch up with education, supporting families who have been bereaved, providing services for people affected by long COVID etc. To be eligible, your social enterprise must: Be based in England or primarily supporting people who live in England Be at least one year old Be an incorporated social purpose organisation with an asset lock Have an annual income of between £20,000 and £1.8 million Be substantially reliant on trading income Be financially resilient (confidently able to survive the next 12 months) Have a bank account that requires at least 2 signatories The deadline for applications is 1pm on 21st December. For more information, and to apply, visit the SESF website.

CAF UK Giving Report 2021
The annual UK charitable giving report is out now, with some interesting insights into the giving landscape at the moment. The total donated to charity during the year was up, with £11.3 billion going to charities across the UK. This was despite the number of people making donations being lower than usual – meaning donors are, on average, giving more to charity. More insights and analysis can be found in the report here.

DPD Eco Fund
This charitable fund makes grants of up to £2,000 towards projects that work to reduce our impact on the environment. Registered charities, schools and community groups are eligible to apply. The application process is really quick and easy – just a short online form – and there are no deadlines. For more information, and to apply, visit the DPD Green website and scroll down.

This charitable trust makes grants to UK registered charities working in the UK, Africa or Central and South America, for work that supports one or more of their goals: Encouraging social inclusion Advancing education Developing the arts Advancing equality and diversity Promoting religious understanding To be eligible, your charity must have an annual income of between £20,000 and £1 million, and have filed at least 2 sets of accounts with the Charity Commission. The trust makes grants of up to £5,000. The next deadline for applications is 31st December – for more information, and to apply, visit the Didymus website.

Help The Homeless
This charitable trust makes grants to UK registered charities for projects that support individuals in their return to mainstream society. Grants can be for up to £5,000 and must be for capital expenses (i.e. equipment) rather than running costs – examples of recently supported projects can be found on the Help The Homeless website. The next deadline for applications is 15th December – for more information, and to apply, visit their website.

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