Open Calls for Applications
April 2019

Funder: The Triangle Trust

Funding Programme: Carer Development Grants

Closes: 7th May 2019

Summary: A Development Grant programme focusing on the different stages of strengthening an organisation’s resilience. The grants provide funds towards the core costs or organisations who have a strategic commitment to increasing their resilience.

Who can apply: Applications are welcomed from not-for-profit organisations working solely with carers within the UK. They would like to see applicants use these grants as part of a programme of work to strengthen their organisation by further improving their future resilience. This might be a short piece of work needing investment over a few months or a more significant programme of work requiring dedicated support for up to three years. Previously unsuccessful applicants must wait two years before re-applying.

How much can you apply for: Grants are available from £10,000 up to £80,000 for a duration of six months to three years.

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Funder: Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF)

Funding Programme: Project Development Grant Scheme (UK)

Closes: 23rd April 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: Eligible organisations can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project that helps to find a sustainable use for a historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site.

Who can apply: The grants are intended to support project development costs only and not for on-site capital works. To qualify, an organisation must have established that the end use of the project is likely to be viable and have decided to take the project forward. All applications must concern projects that have recently involved or will result in a change of ownership and/or a change of use. Work funded by AHF fund should enable measurable progress towards the goal of acquiring an historic building and/or adapting it for a new use.

How much can you apply for: Applications need to provide at least 50% partnership funding from other sources. You can apply for up to £7,500 to explore project viability and up to £30,000 to carry out project development.

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Funder: Arts Council England

Funding Programme: Creative People and Places 2019-23

Closes: 21st March 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: The new Creative People and Places fund will focus investment in parts of the country where people’s involvement in arts and culture is in the bottom third of engagement according to the Active Lives Survey.

Who can apply: Your project needs to be in one of the 79 eligible places as listed on the Arts Council website (link below). These places are parts of the country where involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average and where there is currently no existing Creative People and Places funding.

Every project should be led by a consortia of local organisations, so you have to register your interest in the programme in the first instance so that other groups and organisations can collaborate.

How much can you apply for: Grants of between £1-£2 million are available across four years. Applicants have to secure a minimum of 25% match funding.

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Funder: UK Aid Direct

Funding Programme: Community Partnership Grants

Closes: 17th April 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitment to achieving the Global Goals. Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), its main aim is to support small and medium-sized, UK-based and southern-based civil society organisations (CSOs).

Who can apply: Organisations must have an average annual income of less than £1 million for the past three years.

Although proposals tackling urban poverty are a particular interest of this round, it is important to note that all eligible applications addressing the Global Goals are welcomed.

Applicant organisations must be registered in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) (excluding Syria) or in one of the DFID’s priority countries.

Projects can be set up in one or more project country, made up of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI or a DFID priority country. UK-based organisations will need to demonstrate how they are working in partnership with an organisation based in the country their project will be operating in.

How much can you apply for: Grants of up to £250,000 will be available to projects lasting three years or less.

Application guidance will be available online at https://www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/ from 20th February, and a webinar will follow soon after on 26th February.

Funder: Comic Relief

Funding Programme: Children Survive and Thrive: Rise and Shine

Closes: 22nd March 2019 (CLOSED)

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: Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland

Funding Programme: Lloyds Banking Group Social Entrepreneurs Programme (Grant – England)

Closes: 28th March 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: This programme is intended to support social entrepreneurs from across the UK to start or scale-up their projects. Every year, this programme helps 260 people to start up and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations. It offers a year of support including: learning programme (14 days spread over a year); a grant; mentoring and a supportive community.

Who can apply: This programme has three levels, all including a learning programme and mentoring:

- Start Up (includes traditional grant): The project is in the planning stages or less than two years old. The project income is less than £15,000 a year. Applicants want to learn how to establish an organisation.

- Trade Up (includes Match Trading grant - grant-funding that pound-for-pound matches an increase in income from trading): The project was established at least a year ago, probably has at least one paid member of staff. The project income is more than £15,000 a year. Applicants want to learn how to strengthen an organisation’s finances and impact to build a solid foundation for scaling.

- Scale Up includes Match Trading grant): The project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff. The project income is more than £75,000 a year. Applicants want to learn how to scale an organisation from a solid foundation to create even more impact.

How much can you apply for: Start Up: £1,000. Trade Up: up to £4,000. Scale Up: up to £7,000.

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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 - CLOSED

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 - CLOSED

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: Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF)

Funding Programme: Later Life Inclusion Grant (Large Grants)

Closes: 2nd January 2019 - CLOSED

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 - CLOSED

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: National Lottery Heritage Fund and Partners

Funding Programme: Heritage Impact Fund

Closes: Ongoing

Summary: The Heritage Impact Fund (HIF) is a social investment fund helping to develop futures for historic buildings through tailored and flexible loans and expert business support. The HIF offers incentivised terms to provide greater assistance to those organisations and projects that will deliver enhanced local economic and community impact. The headline interest rate is 6%.

Who can apply: To apply, you must be a formally constituted and incorporated charity, community business or social enterprise whose members have limited liability.

The HIF will provide funds to applicants across the UK seeking to acquire, reuse or redevelop buildings which are of historic or architectural importance. The end use should be financially viable in the long-term and help support the objectives of the organisation and provide impact to or benefits for the communities in which the buildings are based.

How much can you apply for: Loans between £25,000 and £500,000 for up to three years are available.

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Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Funding Programme: Act for Change Fund (UK)

Closes: 1st April 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: Grants are available for organisations across the UK that are supporting young people (aged 14 to 25 years) to challenge social injustice, find ways of overcoming inequality and give voice to the issues they are experiencing. A joint initiative between Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EFF) in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund, both foundations are acting as match funders and are awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund.

Who can apply: Not for profit organisations (income between £25,000 and £5 million) and partnerships. Applications need to cover how young people lead change in organisations or, alternately, show how organisations are taking steps to make sure that young people can lead change in the future, including involvement at all different levels of the organisation. They will not fund work that focuses exclusively on youth voice, self-expression or awareness raising without an explicit social change goal. Nor will they fund work in schools.

How much can you apply for: Between £20,000 and £100,000 over two years.

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Funder: UK Aid Direct

Funding Programme: Impact Grants

Closes: 17th April 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: UK Aid Direct is a challenge fund designed to support the UK’s commitment to achieving the Global Goals. Funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), its main aim is to support small and medium-sized, UK-based and southern-based civil society organisations (CSOs).

Who can apply: Organisations must have an average annual income of less than £10 million for the past three years.

Although proposals tackling urban poverty are a particular interest of this round, it is important to note that all eligible applications addressing the Global Goals are welcomed.

Applicant organisations must be registered in the UK, in one of the lowest 50 countries in the UN Human Development Index (HDI) (excluding Syria) or in one of the DFID’s priority countries.

Projects can be set up in one or more project country, made up of the lowest 50 countries in the UN HDI or a DFID priority country. UK-based organisations will need to demonstrate how they are working in partnership with an organisation based in the country their project will be operating in.

How much can you apply for: Grants between £250,001 and £4,000,000 will be available to projects lasting between three and five years.

Application guidance will be available online at https://www.ukaiddirect.org/apply/ from 20th February, and a webinar will follow soon after on 26th February.

Funder: Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief

Funding Programme: Tech for Good Fund

Closes: 25th March 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief have launched a £2.4m Tech for Good fund to support charities to use technology to deliver services. Over three years the two funders will award grants and offer support from experts to projects that create or scale-up digital products. The two funders previously ran the programme in 2017 and 2018 and have supported 23 projects in total. Previous grantees include a Braille e-reader project, a digital food vouchers scheme and an app to help rough sleepers find a place to stay.

Who can apply: Projects should take place in the UK address one of our four core issue areas: Children Survive and Thrive, Global Mental Health Matters, Fighting for Gender Justice, or A Safe Place to Be.

The funders will also welcome applications addressing challenges related to disability and inclusion outside of the themes specified above.

Applicants need to demonstrate that they understand how to manage a successful project, show staff engagement and interest in the work, that they have sound internal or external technical expertise in their management and delivery team, as well as the enthusiasm to engage with a collaborative cohort of funded partners.

Applicants must have an annual income of between £75,000 and £10 million.

How much can you apply for:The Tech for Good Programme 2019 will fund up to thirteen not-for-profit organisations to develop or scale up digital products or services with grants of up to £48,000 over a period of nine months. Projects will also have access to support from experts and advisors, plus the opportunity to collaborate and share learning with other organisations in the cohort.

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Funder: BBC Children in Need and Wellcome

Funding Programme: Curiosity Round Two

Closes: 12th April 2019 (CLOSED)

Summary: Curiosity aims to use the power of exciting and engaging science activities to create change for children and young people experiencing disadvantage in the UK. They are funding new projects that make a positive difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in the UK through engagement with and participation in science.

Who can apply: Curiosity is a one-off scheme and this is the last round of funding, so we expect it to be highly competitive. UK charities that are using science for the first time in their delivery, or are adapting or extending their existing practice are encouraged to apply.

All applicants must meet the minimum requirements in terms of governance, finance and safeguarding as set by BBC Children in Need.

How much can you apply for:There are two levels of award:

- Small grants of up to £10,000 a year for up to three years (around 35 awards available)

- Large grants of up to £40,000 a year for up to three years (around 15 awards available).

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Funder: Power to Change Trust

Funding Programme: Next Generation

Closes: 13th January 2019 - CLOSED

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 (CLOSED)

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 October Club

Funding Programme: The 2019 October Club Charity Partnership

Closes: 12th February 2019 (CLOSED)

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: 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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