September 2021 | Newsletter

Is it just us, or has the summer flown past? We hope you’ve had some time off to rest and relax (we’ve certainly made a dent in our holiday book pile and eaten more than our fair share of ice cream) – and are feeling ready to make the most of these fab funding opportunities…
Free Funding Search Tool
For organisations with an income under £30,000, the Idox ‘My Funding Central’ tool is completely free to use – and they have a graded pricing scale (from £50+ VAT up to £300+ VAT annually) to make the tool as accessible as possible for all sizes of organisation. Check it out here.
Screwfix Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants of up to £5,000 to UK-based charities and not-for-profit organisations for projects that relate to the repair, maintenance, improvement or construction of homes, community buildings and other buildings. To be eligible, you should be able to evidence that your organisation helps people in need by reason of financial hardship, sickness, distress or other disadvantages. Applications are reviewed quarterly – the next review dates are in September and December. For more information, and to apply, visit the Screwfix Foundation website.
Co-Op Community Fridge Fund
Hubbub, in partnership with the Co-Op, has opened up another round of funding to establish 100 new community fridges. The opportunity includes £4,000 funding to help cover project costs, along with full support, guidance and resources from Hubbub to help successfully establish your fridge.

The Community Fridge Network helps to redistribute surplus food from businesses and households within the community, saving it from going to waste and bringing people together. If this sounds like something your organisation would be interested in, applications are open in the following areas:

Cornwall
Lincolnshire
Northumberland
Cumbria
Shropshire
Nottinghamshire
Derbyshire
Essex
Staffordshire
Warwickshire
North Yorkshire
Aberdeenshire
Belfast
Dumfries and Galloway
Perth and Kinross

The deadline for applications is 9am on 20th September – for more information, and to apply, visit the Hubbub website.
Trusthouse Charitable Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants to charities working to combat rural or urban deprivation. To be eligible, your organisation should be a UK-based charitable organisation (including CICs, social enterprises, not-for-profit registered companies and voluntary organisations) working in:

Urban areas (defined as areas with a population of more than 10,000 people) in the 15% most deprived (as classified by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation)
Rural areas (defined as areas with less than 10,000 people in the village/town) in the 50% most deprived (as classified by the Indices of Multiple Deprivation)

Grantmaking is split into two programmes:

Small Grants: open to organisations with an annual income of under £250,000, whose focus is on Community Support. Makes single-year grants of £2,000 – £10,000.
Major Grants: open to organisations with an annual income of up to £1 million, whose focus is on Family Support. Makes grants of up to £100,000 over up to 3 years.

There are no deadlines – applications are assessed on a rolling basis. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trusthouse website.
People’s Health Trust
This funder is now open for applications in London East area which includes: East, South East, North and North East London; and Kent. To be eligible for funding, your organisation must:

support people to create or shape local projects that will help their community or neighbourhood to become even better
be a not for profit organisation or group
have an income of less than £350,000 a year, or an average of £350,000 or less over the last two years
have less than six months’ annual running costs in savings (with no restrictions on the money) 
have been constituted for at least three months

Projects need to:

Be designed and led by local people
Support their neighbourhood or community to come together to address an issue that is important to them
Create stronger connections between people by supporting them to meet up regularly (weekly, fortnightly or monthly, for at least one year)
Be for people who experience greater social and economic disadvantage than people living in other parts of the country
Be either: small and local, for example, involving residents living in a few streets, an estate, a small village and working in one or more of our ‘fundable neighbourhoods’, or a community of interest – a group of people who have shared experiences, characteristics or common interests and wish to come together to address specific issues that are important to them. They may live across a wider area but they must live close enough to each other to meet up regularly.

The deadline for applications is 8th September at 1pm – for more information, and to apply, visit the People’s Health Trust website.
Ann Rylands Small Donations
This charitable fund is part of the Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust. Its objectives are to support charities undertaking direct work with:

Older people
People with disabilities or living with serious illness, or
People facing challenges with mental health, social exclusion, homelessness or other difficulties in their lives.

To be eligible, you must be a UK registered charity with an annual income of under £5 million, whose work takes place in the UK. The maximum grant is £2,500, and there are no deadlines – applications are assessed on a rolling basis. For more information, and to apply, visit the Trust’s website.
 
McCarthy Stone Foundation
This charitable foundation makes grants towards projects that contribute to their strategic priorities:

Health & Wellbeing of Older People
Educational Support for Children
Community Regeneration

Their primary focus is on projects that combine these 3 charitable aims. To be eligible for funding, your organisation must be a registered charity, CIC, community group or social enterprise and must have a governing document and a registered bank account for the organisation. Grants from the Foundation are generally for amounts up to £5,000.

The fund is open for applications now, to be assessed on 21st September – so get your applications in ASAP to be considered in this round. For more information on how to apply, visit the Foundation’s website.
Asda Foundation
Phase 2 of the Asda Foundation’s Bringing Communities Back Together fund is now open for applications. The fund will make grants of £500-£1,000 for:

Celebration Events: ‘welcome back’ parties or community celebrations
Getting Activities Back On Track: e.g. gardening clubs, sporting groups & recreational activities, lunch clubs
Essential Support: e.g. community food/hygiene banks, mental health awareness groups, homeless shelters

To be eligible, your organisation must be a UK-based not-for-profit and in proximity to an Asda store. You must also:

Have a presence in the local community and / or work to benefit that geographical area
Have the aim of bringing people back together as social distancing guidelines have eased
Ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to become involved
Aim to provide the ‘core needs’ for your community

Applications will be accepted until 1st November and will be assessed on a rolling basis, with the aim of providing a funding decision within 6 weeks of application. Funded projects must be delivered between 1st October and 31st December 2021. For more information, and to apply, visit the Asda Foundation website.
Cook and Share Month
Food For Life Get Togethers is offering grants of £150 to support community organisations to deliver cooking & sharing activities to bring their community together during Cook and Share Month (16th October – 16th November). The grant can be used for food, tools, and materials to bring your community together this autumn. To be eligible, your project must be food-based and:

be focused on a Cook and Share activity and happen within Cook and Share Month (16th Oct-16th Nov 2021)
have potential to be long term
be community led 
include people from disadvantaged and diverse communities 
bring people together 
reduce experience of loneliness or social isolation
encourage a positive attitude to ageing and diversity

The deadline for applications is 5pm on 8th September – for more information, and to apply, visit the Food For Life website.