Funding Round-up (part 1), October 2021

Here is a collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations aimed at helping charities continue their work in light of the COVID outbreak.

Due to the varying nature and progress of the pandemic, MVA do advise that some of the information below may have changed since the time of its issue, and ask that readers please check each organisation’s website for the latest information.

The Straits Committee Small Project Initiative
Businesses across Kent can prepare for changes following the UK’s departure from the EU through Kent County Council’s (KCC) programme to strengthen cross-Channel ties to support them.
The Straits Committee is a voluntary partnership between Kent County Council and neighbouring local authorities in France, Belgium and Holland, which offers grants of up to £5,000 to organisations on either side of the Channel to work together.
The initiative says it is looking for fresh and innovative ideas and will welcome applications on any theme where a real benefit can be shown from working together.
The committee asks that projects must involve at least two organisations from two different Straits Committee areas and from two different countries.
At the time of writing, there was no specified deadline, which means applications can be accepted at any time.
More information and how to apply can be found at the KCC website.

The Schroder Charity Trust
The Schroder Charity Trust awards grants up to £5,000 (average £2,500) to UK registered charities working in:
  • Education and Young People
  • Communities
  • Environment and Conservation
  • Health
  • Arts and Culture
  • International Development
  • Heritage, and
  • Supporting the Armed Forces
The Trust says grants can be used to cover both core costs and specific project costs, but not large capital appeals.
Although there is no specified deadline, meaning applications can be accepted at any time, the Trust advises that Trustees will meet twice a year (June and November) to consider applications.
More information and how to apply can be found at the Trust’s website.

Funding from Swire Charitable Trust
The Swire Charitable Trust are offering grants for registered charities working to deliver positive and lasting change to local and national community through areas related to Opportunity, Environment and Heritage.
The Trust has also launched a COVID-19 recovery support programme that has £1 million dedicated to prioritise support for charities who can demonstrate that they are responding a clear COVID-19 related need.
The Trust says they can offer support for core costs, capital expenditures and salaries.
At the time of writing there was no identified deadline, which suggests applications could be submitted at any time.
More information and how to apply can be found at the Trust’s website.

Funding from British and Foreign School Society
The British and Foreign School Society (BFSS) is offering grants for UK registered charities to advance educational opportunities for vulnerable or deprived children and young people in the UK and around the world.
Specifying the funding is available for new or pilot projects only, the Society currently offers two types of funding:
UK projects - Up to £100,000 for projects of one to five years (maximum £30,000 per year for multi-year projects) which can be used for projects which improve educational out-comes and improve life chances.
International projects - With grant s up to £60,000 for projects of one to three years (maximum £20,000 per year for multi-year projects), The Society will support work which improves the quality, sustainability, and access to education for young people up to the age of 25 within international marginalised and deprived communities.
The deadline for stage 1 applications is 24th January 2022.
For more information and how to apply can be found at the BFSS website.

Force for Change Programme from the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust is offering grants of up to £10,000 for local community projects that reduce isolation and promote integration; supporting post-COVID recovery in local Armed Forces communities affected by isolation.
The Trust says the grant can be used to pay for most things needed for the project or activity, including staff time and overheads.
The deadline for applications is 19th November 2021.
For more information and how to apply, visit the Trust’s website.

Family Action’s Welfare Grants Programme
National organisation Family Action are offering grants of up to £300 for essential personal and household needs to assist families and individuals with low incomes, particularly those living on benefits. The intention of the funding is to help prevent an immediate crisis from spiralling and threatening the stability of families and individuals.
With priority being made to applicants from pensioners and the elderly, people identified with a mental health problem, and families or individuals who have recently experienced domestic abuse, Family Action asks that applications be made on-line by a suitable referring agency.
This is a Continuous Rolling Programme, which means there is no deadline and applications can be submitted at any time.
For more information, visit the Family Action website.

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