Business and Employment Funding Round-up (Part 2)

Here is a further collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations focusing on business and employment themes aimed at helping charities continue their work.

Whilst every effort has been made to provide up-to-date information, due to the varying nature and progress of public policies and other related activity, MVA do advise that some of the details below may have changed since the time of its issue and ask that readers please check with each organisation’s website for the latest news.

Relaunching July 2024 - Emerging Maker Grants from QEST
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) offers grants for the training and education of talented craftspeople at an early stage in their career.

As a new funding opportunity for talented early-career craftspeople, The Emerging Maker Grant provides funding to committed makers who have been practising professionally for up to four years and have a strong connection to materials, technical skills and processes.

The organisers say the funding specifically supports training and education programmes to help makers enhance their craft skills and advance their careers.

They also advise training can take various forms, from traditional college courses to vocational one-on-one learning with a master craftsperson, or a bespoke programme of short courses.

The Trust advise interested applicants that their Autumn round will re-open from July 8th and be open for applications till 12th August 2024.

More information and how to apply is available at the QEST website.

The Prince's Trust
Support is available to help young people to overcome barriers and get their lives back on track.

The Trust works with delivery partners across the UK to offer hundreds of free courses, grants and mentoring opportunities to inspire young people to build their confidence and start a career.

The Trust focuses its efforts on young people who:
  • Are long-term unemployed
  • Are in, or are leaving care
  • Struggle at school
  • Have been in trouble with the law
At the time of writing, there was no recognised date for enquiries, suggesting applications can be made at any time.

For more information, visit The Trust’s website.

Awards for Social Entrepreneurs from UnLtd
Funding and specialist support is available for UK social entrepreneurs from UnLtd to help them develop as social leaders, and to start up or grow their idea for a social venture.

There are various forms of funding and support, including:
  • Funding for Start-up Ventures - for social entrepreneurs with an idea or who are in the early stages of development, intended to cover essential start-up costs (not including wages).
  • Funding for Established Ventures - for social entrepreneurs to grow their existing social venture to help it make a bigger difference, intended to support wages and living costs as the venture grows.
The deadline for the next round of funding programmes is 30th June 2024, with further rounds to be announced in later seasons.

For more information and how to apply, visit the UnLtd website.

If you would like to see coverage of specific funding or grant rounds to help your charity, your project, your community group or enterprise, you can get In touch by email at, you can also contact MVA via the website.