Funding Roundup - May 2022 - Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council

by James Clarke
2 years ago

Here’s a roundup of all the funding opportunities that we’ve shared in our fortnightly newsletter during the month.

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  • Grant fund launched to support women’s reproductive wellbeing in the workplace: Applications for funding have opened for VCSE organisations that support women experiencing reproductive issues to remain in or return to the workplace.  > More Details
  • Funding from West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner is available for projects in Bilston & Whitmore Reans through the Helping Communities Fund. Application deadline Weds 1st June, decisions will be made by community panels from W/C 20th June.  > More Details
  • Allen Lane Foundation (deadline: quarterly): The Foundation provides grants of between £500 and £15,000 to small voluntary not-for-profit organisations, where the work: will make a lasting difference to people’s lives; is aimed at reducing isolation, stigma and discrimination; encourages or enables unpopular groups to share in the life of the whole community.  > More Details
  • Baron Davenports Charity Grants for Charities Supporting Children and Young People and Older People: Deadline: Twice Yearly (Spring and Autumn). Grants are considered for special projects, equipment and running costs. Applications from national charities should be submitted by their local branch where appropriate. Amounts awarded in this category being at around £200 and are unlikely to exceed £1,000. Grants are always at the discretion of the trustees.  > More Details
  • Giffgaff Emergency Fund to Help with Rising Cost of Living: Mobile network provider giffgaff, in partnership with the Neighbourly Foundation, has launched a new fund aimed at helping to tackle the rising cost of living in communities across the UK. Money raised through donations and recycled mobile phones will be awarded to community causes. > More Details
  • National Lottery Community Fund – Bringing People Together: Grants of up to £1 million are available for community-led projects that bring communities across the UK together. The funding will support projects run by charities, voluntary and community organisations, CICs, CIOs and statutory bodies that build stronger connections across communities and improve the infrastructure and conditions that are needed to strengthen these connections. The funding will enable organisations to deliver collaborative projects across at least two countries in the UK that focus on equality, diversity, and inclusion, particularly amongst people of colour, disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, and asylum or refugee seekers.  > More Details
  • Skills for Care funding available for user-led organisations: Skills for Care has announced that user-led organisations can now apply for funding to deliver learning and development for personal assistants and their employers.  > More Details
  • Shoosmiths Foundation: Latest round of grants open for applications.  Find out more about their approach, including priority themes on their website. > More Details
  • Launch of We Move Fund – Youth Social Action: Funding for projects which build Black children and young people’s skills and confidence. Organisations across the UK can now apply to BBC Children in Need’s newest fund.  > More Details
  • Arnold Clark Community Fund (deadline 30th June): Arnold Clark has re-opened their Community Fund to support a wide range of not-for-profit organisations across the UK as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will award grants of up to £1,000 to enable charities, community and voluntary groups, CICs, CIOs, social enterprises, and other community-led organisations to continue their important work, which may be at risk due to the crisis.  > More Details
  • England Illegal Money Lending Team – Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund (deadline 30th June): Local residents, charities, community and voluntary groups, schools and statutory agencies can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for activities that highlight the dangers of loan sharks and have a positive impact on their community. The Illegal Money Lending Team encourages bids from multiple organisations working together who can each bid for £5,000 to put towards a collective project.  > More Details
  • Coop Local Community Fund (deadline 29th May): Funding to help communities to come together, co-operate and have a positive impact on community wellbeing.  > More Details
  • The Ford Britain Trust – Large Grants Scheme (deadline 31st July): Registered charities, not-for-profit organisations and schools/PTAs can apply for grants of between £250 and £3,000 for projects which benefit local communities. The funding is made available by the Ford Britain Trust Large Grants programme to support a range of projects focusing on the advancement of education, the environment, children, those with disabilities, youth activities and local communities.  > More Details
  • West Midlands Railway – Your Community, Your Fund: An annual scheme to inspire local people to get involved with the railway and help to enrich their local communities. The Fund supports projects across our railway network to help bring visionary community schemes to life.  > More Details
  • The Hedley Foundation – Grants to Improve the Quality of Life for Disadvantaged & Vulnerable People (deadline 14th July): The Hedley Foundation are inviting applications from small-to-mid-size registered charities helping to improve the quality of life of people in the UK, particularly those are disadvantaged and vulnerable. The Foundation typically makes around 250 awards of up to £5,000 each for initiatives that benefit the lives of young people, disabled people, elderly people, the terminally ill and otherwise disadvantaged people and their carers.  > More Details
  • Help the Homeless Grants for Projects that Help the Homeless (deadline 15th July): Grants of up to £5,000 to small and medium-sized charitable organisations (with a turnover of less than £1 million) whose aim is to help homeless people return to the community and enabling them to resume a normal life. Typically, such organisations may operate small or medium-sized residential or training facilities to assist homeless people. > More Details
  • Energy Saving Trust – Funding to Support Energy Consumers in Vulnerable Situations: Grants are available to offer support to energy consumers and / or to develop innovative new products.  > More Details
  • Laughololgy’s Happiness Fund (deadline 17th June): Funding is available for grassroots, neighbourhood-based community projects that build happy, strong, resilient communities across the UK. Individuals and small, not-for-profit businesses can apply for funding to set up new groups and activities that improve mental health and wellbeing, inclusion, and learning and skills development in local communities. > More Details
  • B&Q Community Re-Use Scheme (rolling deadline): B&Q operates a community re-use scheme through all its stores. The scheme is in place to donate unsellable products and materials for re-use by local schools, other educational institutions and community groups, for the benefit of the local community and the environment. These items are donated on the understanding that they will not be re-used or disposed of responsibly if they are not used and that they will not be sold on. For more information, please contact your local store directly and speak to a duty manager or email
  • Barrow Cadbury’s Trust Migration Programme (rolling deadline): Not-for-profit organisations that promote positive interaction between different groups in order to counter xenophobia, racism and Islamophobia can apply for funding through the Barrow Cadbury Trust’s Migration Programme.  > More Details
  • Thomas Wall Trust – Funding to Help Disadvantaged Groups to Improve their Communication Skills: Charities can now apply for grants to deliver projects which improve employment prospects for people experiencing deprivation across the UK.
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  • The BBC’s Children in Need has developed a new grantmaking strategy which will launch in Spring 2022. The aim of the strategy is to improve accessibility, equity, diversity and inclusion, and make it easier for projects to apply for funding. The Children in Need Main and Small Grants Programme has been paused whilst this new strategy is put into action. Existing projects will continue to receive funding and support, and grants will continue to be awarded through their various partnership programmes.  > More Details