July 2021 | Newsletter

We’ve rounded up a fab selection of opportunities for you in this month’s newsletter – with grants large and small, there’s sure to be something for everyone!
Magic Little Grants
After distributing a staggering 938 grants in 2020, this funding pot from Localgiving is back, with an aim of providing 2,000 x £500 grants during 2021. Applications can be made for projects in any of the following areas:

Improving mental wellbeing
Enabling community participation in the arts
Preventing or reducing the impact of poverty
Supporting marginalised groups and promoting equality
Improving biodiversity and green spaces
Enabling participation in physical activity
Responding to the climate emergency and promoting sustainability 
Increasing community access to outdoor space

To be eligible, your organisation must either be in its first year of operation, or have an annual income of under £250,000. Applications are open now until 31st October – for more information, and to apply, visit the Localgiving website.
Places Called Home Fund
A partnership between the National Lottery Community Fund and IKEA, this new fund is open for a very limited period – opened for applications on 30th June and will close after two weeks, or once 1,500 applications have been made – whichever comes first. The fund aims to inspire and help people get more involved in their local community as a positive, homely place to be and meet other people. With a total of £1.5million available, Places Called Home will offer eligible groups funding awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 for activities and equipment that meet at least two of the following criteria:

Build on the relationships created during the COVID-19 pandemic to increase community activity and the number of people taking part.
Encourage people to work together, creating opportunities for communities to live in a sustainable and healthy way.
Raise awareness amongst the public of the importance of connected households, neighbourhoods and resilient communities.
Develop a new idea, activity or way to come together that has emerged in response to the pandemic.
Revive or redesign community and common spaces to encourage shared community activities

For more information on the scheme, and to apply, visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.
Core Funding
The Woodward Charitable Trust makes grants towards core costs for UK registered charities, CICs and CIOs. Applications for funding should be for £3,000 or under (grants are usually £1,000 or under), and the Trust has the following funding priorities:

Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour and projects to help those who have been in the care system
Disadvantaged families, this covers parenting support and guidance, mental health, food poverty, refuges and domestic violence projects
Prisoners and ex-offenders and specifically projects that maintain and develop contact with prisoners’ families and help with the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders after their release.

The next deadline for applications is 30th July – for more information, and to apply, visit the Woodward Trust website.
Asda Foundation
The Asda Foundation has launched a new funding stream ‘Bringing Communities Back Together’, which will run 2 grant rounds over the latter half of 2021. The first grant round is open now, with a deadline date of 16th August. Funding is available for local charities and community groups to deliver either a celebration event, a recommencing of their usual activities, or a combination of the two. Grants will be for amounts between £250 and £1,000. To be eligible, your group must:

Have a presence in the local community and / or work to benefit that geographical area
Be local to an Asda store
Have the aim of bringing people back together as social distancing guidelines have eased
Ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to become involved
Be UK based

Activities in Phase 1 must take place during 1st July – 30th September. The following items will not be funded:
Venue Hire, Utility Bills, Storage, Salaries, Promotional Costs, Coaching or One-Off Kit, Training Kit, Alcohol, Toys, Raffle Prizes, Excursions, Transport Costs.

For more information, and to apply, visit the Asda Foundation website.
Boost Choose Now Change Lives
Grants of £1,000 – £10,000 are available for charities and not-for-profit groups from Boost Drinks as part of a celebration of their 20th anniversary. Applications are being accepted throughout the year, with periodic public votes to decide on winning projects. The funder is keen to fund projects like:

Interpretation boards or a bird hide at a nature reserve
Sports kit/equipment or facilities for a local sports team
Equipment for community cinemas or theatres
Kitchen refurbishments at local community centres
Equipment for groups that meet at village halls

The following are excluded from funding:

Children’s or young people’s charities where the majority of beneficiaries would be under the age of 18
Top tier local authorities
Organisations where funding would be delivered overseas
Charities with any party political or religious affiliation

For more information, and to apply, visit the Boost website.
School Library Funding
The Foyle Foundation has reopened its funding pot for school libraries, with some revisions due to COVID. State schools can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for library books and contributions towards library software, necessary IT equipment and furniture etc. in order to create a suitable library space. Primary schools will be prioritised for funding, and the following factors will influence the Foundation’s decision:

You will need to explain what changes the school has made to library provision in order to comply with COVID related restrictions.
Preference will be given to schools which can clearly demonstrate a commitment to renewing and maintaining their library provision in the future. 
Local deprivation levels, the Ofsted report, current literacy levels at the school and the impact of the pandemic lockdown on pupil’s learning

They are keen to support schools that are working in partnership with other local primary/secondary schools to improve reading standards. Applications can be made at any time – a decision will usually be made within 4 months, and the funding should be spent within 6 months of receipt. For more information, and to apply, visit the Foyle Foundation website.
One Stop Community Partnership Programme
One Stop convenience stores previously supported local charities through their ‘Carriers for Causes’ programme. Following its end, they’ve introduced an informal partnerships programme – this is what they have to say about it:
  “We connect one of our local convenience stores with a local community group or charity involved in supporting the elderly or addressing food poverty in the stores local community and create a partnership in which our store colleagues support that group. The support can include, funding, fundraising, volunteering and awareness raising. If your group or organisation would like any support, please pop into your local store and talk to the Store Manager about how we can help.”

If your charity or community group fits the brief and you’d like to be involved in a partnership, you can find your local One Stop here.
Edith M Ellis Charitable Trust
This charitable trust makes grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to “organisations who have innovative ideas to bring about a more peaceful, just and sustainable world” – in practice this means UK registered charities, NGOs, public bodies and social enterprises with an annual income of under £350,000. Organisations which are not normally able to attract other funding will be prioritised.
Categories for grant-giving are:

Quaker work and witness
Peace-building and conflict resolution
Interfaith and ecumenical understanding
Climate change mitigation
Work with forced migrants, including internally displaced people
Sustainable development

Successful applications will outline: 

Their ideas for bringing about change
Who will benefit and how
The expected outcomes of their ideas
Grants are for projects only – core costs will not be funded.

The trust’s usual deadline dates are in May and December, but some changes have been made due to COVID – for more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.
Local Connections Fund
This funding stream from the National Lottery Community Fund makes grants of between £300 and £2,500 to charities and community groups with an annual income of under £50,000, towards projects that will reduce loneliness and bring people together within a community. Applications are open now until 6th August – for more information, and to apply, visit the National Lottery Community Fund website.