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Funding Update April 2021

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Funding Workshop
The Community Renewal Fund
Lloyds Foundation Core Funding
Arnold Clark Community Fund
Ocado Foundation / BizGive
The Fore
Thank You – Funding Survey  

Funding Workshop

Back by popular demand – many groups were unable to attend the first funding workshop which focused on the Police and Crime Commissioners Vulnerability Fund – so we are pleased to confirm that Sarah Greensmith from the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office has agreed to lead a further workshop showcasing the Vulnerability fund. The fund aims to help groups and communities address the effects of crime or anti-social behaviour in their community. 

The workshop will be held via Zoom on Thursday 17th June  from 1.30pm and will be hosted by High Peak CVS. Please join us to find out how your organisation can apply.   To book your place please use the ink below.

The Community Renewal Fund 

The UK Community Renewal Fund provides grants for projects that will help get people back into work and boost the local economy. It is aimed at supporting those communities most in need, tackling disadvantage and breaking down the barriers to employment and better skills. Piloting new approaches and innovative ideas at the local level will be a key part of the projects to be funded.

Please read the UK Community Renewal Fund prospectus and the Community Fund technical note for project applicants and deliverers before starting work on a bid.

The prospectus provides detailed information on the objectives of the fund, the types of projects it intends to support and how it operates, including the process and selection criteria that will be used to assess bids.

The application process opens on 1 April 2021 and bids must be submitted by midnight on 10 May 2021 by emailing Funding is only available for the financial year 2021/2022 and project activity must be completed by 31 March 2022.

The UK Community Renewal Fund will has 100 priority areas, one of which is High Peak. The government has applied a £3 million cap per place for investment in final project selection. The funding available consists of 90% revenue funding and 10% capital funding overall – applicants should calibrate their bids accordingly.

Any legally constituted organisation can make a bid. This includes local authorities, public sector organisations, higher and further education institutions. Private sector organisations and registered charities can also submit bids and be project deliverers where they are providing a service to benefit other organisations or individuals but cannot receive support if the intention of the project is to further their own business or organisation, for example, through the purchase of equipment or offsetting additional staffing or other costs.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a competitive and open process and Derbyshire County Council and the UK government will not enter into discussions with bidders

Deadline – Bids must be submitted by midnight on 10 May 2021.

Lloyds Foundation Core Funding: Webinar and Q&A

Lloyds Foundation core funding: webinar and Q&A is now available to view on Youtube. Small and local charities with a yearly income between £25,000 to £1 million helping people experiencing complex social issues can now apply for a two-year unrestricted grant of £50,000. Alongside unrestricted funding, successful charities will be supported by one of the Foundation’s regional managers, who will work with them to access a wide range of organisational development support to help meet identified needs to ensure this funding is distributed equitably, at least 25% of the £9.5 million awarded in grants this year will be ringfenced for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

 This webinar sets out:

  • The eligibility criteria for funding
  • The details of the grants
  • What is meant by “complex social issues”
  • The application process

Arnold Clark Community Fund

This is a new fund which is open to registered charities and local community groups who need financial assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the end of each month, 500 applications will be granted awards up to £1K.

If your application is unsuccessful one month, it will be kept in the draw and rolled over to the following month.

The final deadline for applications is 31st May 2021.  If you apply early, however, this will increase your chances of receiving funding as winners are selected each month.

Community groups and charities apply via the link above. 

Deadline  The final deadline for applications is 31 May 2021

Ocado Foundation / BizGive

Ocado has launched the Ocado Foundation for Good with BizGive, to support charity and fundraising activities across the UK.

The programme will support ‘the many rather than the few’ by providing grants of up to £1,000 to charities, community organisations, community interest companies, academic institutions, and local authorities for community projects which focus their efforts on three core areas:

  • skills for the future,
  • natural resources,
  • responsible sourcing

Deadline Applications can be made at any time until the 31 December 2021.

The Fore

The Fore make grants of up to £30,000, which can be spread over up to 3 years. They make unrestricted grants which have the potential to have a transformational impact on an organisation. Transformational impact includes helping an organisation become more sustainable, more efficient, to grow significantly or enabling an organisation to take a major step forward of some kind.

The Fore is particularly looking to fund small organisations working with marginalised groups and led by people in the community that may have found it hard to access trust and foundation funding in the past. Their funding process is specifically designed to level the playing field and give no advantage to those with fundraising experience or connections.

Any registered charity, CIC, CIO or Community Benefit Society with turnover of under £500,000 in the last financial year is eligible to apply.

A webinar providing more detail on how to prepare your application document is available on their website.

Deadline The Fore open rounds of funding during the year and potential applicants must register with them.  They cap the number of registrations per round and once that cap is reached they close the round.  The round for Summer 2021 is already at capacity and so has closed – but the Autumn 2021 round is due to open on 26th July at 10am – so put it in your calendar!

Thank You

Thank you to all those groups who took the time to complete our funding survey. The findings are fascinating and reveal a great deal about the health of our sector here in High Peak.  Here are some of the highlights:

During the pandemic 20% of groups were unable to operate at all, the majority offered restricted and altered services.  3% expect to be unable to offer any kind of service in 2021 and 58% expect they will have to continue with restricted services. 

 Their biggest challenge has been lockdown restrictions, but digital exclusion has also played a significant part as has health impacts on the people involved in their groups.  In terms of their future support needs, 92% report that they will need additional support in the coming year, help with funding tops the list closely followed by communications and training. 

When asked about their confidence about the future; 27% are either concerned or extremely concerned and a further 11% are unsure of what the futures holds for them.  Interestingly although a majority of 89% said they would need additional funding to help them recover, the majority needed less than £5K to help them get back on track.  A whole range of additional training needs were identified from health and safety to how to put together a successful funding application. 

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