Open Calls for Applications
December 2018

Funder: Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport and Office for Civil Society

Funding Programme: Tampon Tax Fund 2019-2020 Funding Round

Closes: 20th January 2019

Summary: The Tampon Tax Fund allocated funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects to improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls.

Who can apply: The fund is open to charitable, benevolent and philanthropic organisations from across the UK. Applications should focus on one of four categories: homelessness and rough sleeping, violence against women and girls, music, or the general programme. Grants may be for one or two year projects and all projects and funds must be spent by 31st March 2021.

How much can you apply for: Applications should be for £1 million or more. The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% of the applicant’s or consortia’s collective annual income.

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Funder: Alzheimer's Society

Funding Programme: Accelerator Programme

Closes: 1st January 2019

Summary: As part of its new programme, Alzheimer’s Society is looking to fund innovations and inventions that could help people affected by dementia live better.

Who can apply: Anyone with an idea for a product or service that will improve the lives of people affected by dementia. Ideas could range from a simple product that makes an everyday task easier for a person living with dementia to an innovative idea for a new service or way of working for care home staff. Those interested can apply by creating a two-minute video introducing themselves and their product or service.

How much can you apply for: Up to four awards of up to £100,000 will be made to make it a reality. In addition, successful projects will be partnered with a member of the Alzheimer’s Society innovation team for 12 months who will help to bring the idea to life, offer advice on planning, evaluation, budget and resources management and help to work with people directly affected by dementia to develop and test the product or service.

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Funder: The October Club

Funding Programme: The 2019 October Club Charity Partnership

Closes: 12th February 2019

Summary: The October Club raise funds and awareness for one chosen cause every year.

Who can apply: The October Club only choose one charity per year. They fund small and growing charities with voluntary income of £500,000 to £2,500,000 per annum. The funding is for a transformational project based across several UK regions and the funds must be used within three years. They tend not to fund binary-outcome medical research or work in the same field as their beneficiaries of the previous two years (WellChild in 2018 and MS Trust in 2017).

How much can you apply for: The October Club support one charity per year and while they do not guarantee a figure, the average amount raised in recent years has been £500,000. A total of £700,000 was raised in 2018 for WellChild.

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Funder: Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Funding Programme: Later Life Inclusion Grant (Large Grants)

Closes: 2nd January 2019

Summary: MCF have launched their Later Life Grant Programme to fund local and national charities who are working to reduce loneliness and isolation in later life.

Who can apply: Charities with an annual income that exceeds £500,000 that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years in England and Wales. Grants can be offered to charities for projects that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Gateway and access to service e.g. transport and technology
- Community based approaches i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
- Advocacy, social and welfare support

How much can you apply for: Large grants start from £10,000 and on average are between £20,000 - £80,000 over one to three years. Requested amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity. Occasionally, grants of up to £200,000 are mage for outstanding projects.

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Funder: Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Funding Programme: Early Years Opportunities Grant (Large Grants)

Closes: 2nd January 2019

Summary: MCF have launched their Early Years Opportunities Grant Programme to fund charities that help disadvantaged children and young people overcome the barriers they face to achieve the best possible start in life.

Who can apply: Charities with an annual income that exceeds £500,000 that support disadvantaged and vulnerable children up to the age of 25 years in England and Wales. Grants can be offered to charities for projects that provide:
- Mental and physical health support
- Learning and development, including language and communication skills, social and emotional etc
- Parental support, including 'whole family' approach
- Pastoral and advocacy support.

How much can you apply for: Large grants start from £10,000 and on average are between £20,000 - £80,000 over one to three years. Requested amounts should not exceed 15% of the total income of the applicant charity. Occasionally, grants of up to £200,000 are mage for outstanding projects.

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Funder: The Rank Foundation

Funding Programme: Rank Foundation Grant Programme 2018

Closes: 6th December 2018 - CLOSED

Summary: The Rank Foundation 2018 programme theme is Enhancing Wellbeing. The funder aims to support projects that have a direct impact to patients in adult member hospices. Grants are available for projects that improve the physical space to encourage and enable hospices to improve the environment in which they deliver care.

Who can apply: Eligible organisations are adult hospices that are full members of Hospice UK (https://www.hospiceuk.org/) and are based in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. The Foundation likes to support project where they are the major or sole funder.

How much can you apply for: Total available funding in this round is £100,000 and the Foundation are looking to make grants of up to £15,000 each.

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Funder: Department for International Development (UK Aid)

Funding Programme: UK Aid Match

Closes: 13th December 2018 - CLOSED

Summary: UK Aid Match brings charities, the public and UK government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. It also gives the British public an opportunity to engage with international development issues and have a say in how UK aid is spent.

Who can apply: UK Aid Match will particularly welcome applications from charities working on illegal wildlife trade but is open to any UK organisation addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in DFID’s eligible countries.

How much can you apply for: UK Aid Match will match fund public donations on appeals of up to £2million.

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Funder: Comic Relief

Funding Programme: Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

Closes: 22nd March 2019

Summary: Comic Relief has announced the launch of a new funding initiative to develop child-centred approaches that address the comprehensive development needs of children during their early years, up to and including their transition to primary school.

Who can apply: Comic Relief will make investments in organisations that directly support families with young children. Organisations with demonstrable experience in one or more of the key areas – for instance in health, or in education – may look to extend this and integrate multiple elements of early childhood development. Proposals can be made by single applicants, or by partnerships of two or three organisations that will receive funding.

How much can you apply for: Grants of up to £150,000 in the UK and £300,000 in Kenya and Malawi will be available for projects lasting between 3 and 5 years.

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Funder: Power to Change Trust

Funding Programme: Next Generation

Closes: 13th January 2019

Summary: The Next Generation learning and mentoring scheme offers a range of professional expert support to community energy groups at no cost.

Who can apply: The fund is open to well established and experienced community energy businesses in England who want to develop innovative business models, building on their past achievements. Projects will need to be complete by June 2021.

How much can you apply for:The fund will provide grants of up to £100,000 to ten community energy groups to work on new business models for community energy in their area.

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Funder: Department of Health and Social Care

Funding Programme: VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund 2019 to 2020

Closes: 15th February 2019

Summary: Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations can apply for funding to run projects focused on improving children and young people’s mental health. Applications are invited from existing schemes to trial a new approach to helping children and young people with their mental health.

Who can apply: Projects should:
- Adopt community and person-centred approaches to improving the mental health of children and young people aged 0 to 25 years
- Particularly support children and young people through life-changing events
- Have strong local connections already in place
- Be delivered by the VCSE sector
- Be co-produced with service users and stakeholders.

The expansion of projects should enable the testing of a new approach within an existing project to reach a different audience (either age range or demographic). The Fund cannot be used, however, to support geographical extensions of a project.

How much can you apply for: The fund will provide grants of up to £510,000 over three years. Match funding from a statutory partner (e.g. Clinical Commissioning Group, Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships, Local Authority) must be secured and is required in increasing percentages for year 2 (50%) and year 3 (80%).

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Funder: J P Moulton Charitable Foundation

Funding Programme: Clinical Research Trials

Closes: 9th December 2018 - CLOSED

Summary: The Foundation is now inviting applications for funding of clinical research trials.

Who can apply: Charities can apply for a medical clinical research trial that meets the following criteria:
- Have a reasonable prospect of improving treatment;
- Will complete within 36 months from funding decision;
- Cannot be readily funded elsewhere.

How much can you apply for: There is no limit on individual requests, but they state that there is £10million available in total and they expect to make around 15 grants, suggesting an average grant size of £660,000.

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Funder: Big Lottery Fund

Funding Programme: Digital Fund

Opens: Open now

Closes: 3rd December 2018 - CLOSED

Summary: A new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches.

Who can apply: A wide range of charitable organisations. Check for specific criteria which differs for each of the two strands.

How much can you apply for: Up to £500,000 across up to four years.

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Funder: The Office for Civil Society (OCS), Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)

Funding Programme: Digital Leadership Fund

Closes: 7th December 2018 - CLOSED

Summary: The Digital Leadership Fund aims to improve the digital capability of civil society leaders so they are able to confidently embed digital in their organisations. This fund is to provide training to organisations to improve their digital skills and capacity.

Who can apply: This £1,000,000 funding round is open to applicants in England only. Organisations including private sector companies, charities, community-led businesses, social enterprises, mutuals, public sector organisations and community organisations are all eligible to apply.

How much can you apply for: The funder will consider applications for between £10,000 and £170,000. The value of the grant requested must not represent more than 50% if the applicant’s collective annual income. All projects must be concluded and funds must be spent by 31 March 2019.

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