|Happy New Year from all of us at Beware of the Bull! We hope you’ve had a refreshing break – to ease you back into the work flow, we’ve rounded up a great selection of funding opportunities and news.|
|The Big Give Women & Girls Match Fund|
This match funding campaign will give charities that are working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland the chance to double the public donations made to them during the campaign week (8th-15th March). To be eligible to apply, your charity must: be led by, for and with women and girls be working to improve the lives of vulnerable, disadvantaged or underrepresented women and girls in England and Scotland have at least one year of filed accounts and an annual income of at least £25,000 (as per last filed accounts), OR have tax-exempt status for charitable purposes be registered on theBigGive.org.uk (free to register) be seeking to raise either £2,500, £10,000 or £25,000 in public donations (to be doubled by the match funds). Participating charities will access: Up to £25,000 worth of match funding, provided by the DCMS’ Tampon Tax Fund; I.G. Advisors’ digital fundraising expertise and support for match funding success; A £375 grant to spend on digital capacity building for your organisation; and, The power of a collaborative fundraising campaign, bringing renewed public attention to the issues your organisation works to address. Applications are open until 11th January – for more information, and to apply, visit the Big Give website.
The Thomas Wall Trust makes grants to UK registered charities for projects that develop ‘critical life skills’ (communication, underpinned by a set of key features and skills such as empathy, listening, emotional intelligence, confidence, and clarity) for people from disadvantaged groups (especially those demonstrably facing major hurdles to employment), including: people experiencing multiple deprivation women people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities refugees and asylum seekers. The Trust makes grants of up to £5,000 for projects or core activities that support the development of these skills in the above groups. To be eligible, your charity must: Have been registered with the Charity Commission for at least 3 years Have an annual income of under £500,000 Deliver work in the UK The Trust prioritises projects that have match funding in place and that can evidence collaborative working and positive impact.
There is a 2-stage application process – at stage 1, applicants should complete an expression of interest via the Trust’s website. The deadline for stage 1 applications is Monday 10th January – for more information, and to apply, visit the Thomas Wall Trust website.
|Early Warning – MSE Charity|
This charitable trust makes grants for projects that support financial literacy and financial life skills. The theme for the upcoming grant round is Living With Long Term Challenges, which will support projects focused on building financial capability skills for people living with long-term challenges including: dementia autism learning difficulties disabilities caring responsibilities mental illness brain injury stroke All MSE Charity grants are for amounts under £7,500. This grant round will open for applications on 1st February, with a potential end date of 25th February – but the round will close after 40 applications have been received, so it’s recommended to apply early on. For more information, and to apply when the round opens, visit the MSE Charity website.
|Community Fridge Fund|
The Co-Op has partnered with Hubbub again this year to provide funding for another 100 community fridges to be set up across the UK. Successful groups will receive: £4,000 funding support to set up a fridge membership to Hubbub’s Community Fridge Network To be eligible to apply, you must be a not-for-profit organisation that: have not yet set up a Community Fridge does not have an existing Community Fridge within 2 miles will set up their fridge in the next 6 months will run the fridge for at least 3 years have a group bank account – money cannot be paid into personal accounts The deadline for applications to this round is 1st February – for more information, and to apply, visit the Co-Op website.
|The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ Charity|
This charitable trust makes grants of up to £10,000 for projects that support one of their priority areas Enhancing opportunity for young people through more effective education Improving the quality of life for the disadvantaged, disabled or socially excluded Helping charities and other not-for-profit organisations get the best out of IT Improving the understanding of IT and its capabilities to the wider public To be eligible, your organisation must be legally constituted as a not-for-profit entity, and must be delivering work in the UK. Applications should be made via the online application form – the next deadline for applications is 24th January. For more information, and to apply, visit the WCIT Charity website.
|National Lottery Open Week|
If your organisation has been funded by the National Lottery Community Fund over the past year, why not consider taking part in the National Lottery Open Week? Participating organisations will provide Lottery players with a special offer during the week (19th-27th March) – examples include free or discounted entry, special tours or complementary refreshments. It’s a great way to increase awareness of your organisation in the local community – of visitors surveyed last year, around 70% said they’d never visited the venue before, or hadn’t in the past two years. For more information, visit the National Lottery website.
|The AB Charitable Trust|
This charitable trust makes grants of between £10,000 and £20,000 to UK registered charities for work towards one of the Trust’s priority areas: Migrants and refugees: including charities delivering direct services to migrant communities, refugees and asylum seekers; charities which influence policy and/or counter negative narrative; and charities which strengthen the voluntary sector and support charities delivering work in this area Criminal justice and penal reform: including charities delivering services to improve outcomes for individuals (and their families) who are in the criminal justice system; charities supporting effective rehabilitation in the community; charities working to influence policy and to reform the criminal justice system; and charities which strengthen the sector and support charities delivering work in this area Human rights, particularly access to justice: including charities which provide specialist legal advice and representation; those working to influence policy through e.g. strategic litigation or public law challenges; and charities which strengthen the sector and support charities delivering work in this area The next deadline for applications is 30th January. For more information, and to apply, visit the AB Charitable Trust website.
|Youth Music Recharge Fund|
This fund from Youth Music will make grants of up to £90,000 (£30,000 per year for up to 3 years) to established organisations providing music-making opportunities for young people (aged 25 or under), for projects which support BOTH priority outcomes: Improved wellbeing of staff, freelancers, volunteers, and young people: Embedding good wellbeing in day-to-day working to ensure a healthy and motivated team Improved capacity and capability of organisations: Helping organisations grow, adapt and be more sustainable. To be eligible to apply, your organisation must: Have a track record of helping young people aged 0 to 25 who face barriers to make, learn and earn in music Be a not-for-profit organisation which was constituted on or before 1st January 2020 Be based in England, Scotland or Wales Be able to provide at least 1 years’ accounts plus up-to-date management accounts Have an annual income of under £1 million and less than 12 months’ running costs in reserves Core costs, project costs and capital costs are all eligible for funding. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 14th January – for more information, and to apply, visit the Youth Music website.
|2021 Charity News Round-Up|
If you’re looking for something vaguely work-related to while away 5 minutes (hey, it’s January – no judgement!), Civil Society has a concise round-up of 2021’s top charity news stories – check it out here.