Funding Round-up Part 2 – July/August 2021

MVA offers another collection of funding rounds from local and national organisations.

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.

Funding to Support Challenged & Vulnerable Young People (UK)
Grants of up to £2,500 are available to charitable organisations supporting challenged and vulnerable young people under the age of 16 in the UK.
the7stars Foundation will provide funding for projects which support young living in areas of deprivation and socioeconomic disadvantage that are challenged by abuse or addiction, who are young carers, or who are homeless.
Projects should address a lack of provision, and provide immediate support. Example of support could include recreational trips, mentoring programmes, and counselling sessions.
The next deadline for applications is 31st October 2021.
More information is available at the Foundation’s website.

Funding for Projects that Tackle the Root Causes of Social Inequity (UK)
Not for profit organisations that work towards a just and democratic society and to redress political and social injustices can apply for grants from £1,000 to £5,000.
Available from The Scurrah Wainright Charity, the funding is available to causes outside the mainstream that are unlikely to receive funding from other sources.
The charity says your organisation does not have to be a charity to apply, but its work must satisfy the Charity Commission's definition of charitable purposes and public benefit.
The next closing date for applications is the 14th September 2021.
For more information and how to apply, visit the charity’s website.

Funding for Financial Life Skills Projects (UK)
The MSE Charity has announced that the next round of its grants programme will re-open to applications at the beginning of September 2021.
The Money Saving Expert Charity
(MSE) gives grants to not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities that make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money.
This round will support projects which aim to improve and deliver personal financial life skills to people in one of the following life transitions: bereavement; redundancy, retirement, relationship breakdown, homelessness; offenders; or resettlement.
Relaunching on the 1st September, the closing date for applications will be 5pm on the 30th September 2021 - or earlier if the charity has accepted 40 applications, and the funder urges interested parties to apply early in the month to ensure that applications are considered.
For more information and how to apply, visit the MSE charity website.

Grants for Community and Environmental Projects (England)
The Veolia Environmental Trust has re-opened for applications.
Grants are available for both community projects to create or improve buildings or outside spaces and large scale environmental projects such as habitat creation/management, and/or species protection.
Constituted not-for-profit organisations and local authorities can apply for grants of up to £75,000 for community projects; and Environmental Bodies that are enrolled with ENTRUST, the regulator of The Landfill Communities Fund can apply for grants of over £75,000 for environmental projects.
Relaunching in August, the closing date for applications will be midday on the 30th September 2021, with further dates to be announced.
Further details and how to apply are available on the Veolia website.

Funding for Projects that Improve People’s Lives (UK)
Grants of up to £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives.
The funding is mainly available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.
Provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme, the funder says eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK with a turnover of £20,000 - £500,000 - This eligibility includes social enterprises.
The programme can be seen as a continuous rolling programme the funder says applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.
More information can be found on the Henry Smith website.

Grants for Talented Musicians and Groups (UK)
The MOBO Help Musicians Fund has been created in partnership to support the career ambitions of exceptionally talented artists and groups with grants of up to £3,000 to support creative output as well as business advice and other support measures.
The funding is available for recording and releasing music; helping to build creative portfolios and get music out into the world.
Artists can apply for financial support towards a new EP, a series of single releases, a marketing plan around new music or content creation to accompany any new release.
Any solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre can apply but preference may be given to; R&B, Afrobeat, Soul, Hip Hop, Grime, Jazz, Gospel, Garage, Reggae and African music.
No application deadline has been indicated, which suggests this scheme can be seen as a Continuous Rolling Programme and applications can be accepted at any time.
More information and how to apply can be found at the Help Musicians Fund website.

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